Dealing in rhetoric is part of a conference interpreter’s job, and many of us have a taste for it. Let’s take a look at that with a nod to George Orwell
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Is Italian-language interpreting on its way out? Looked like it for a while. We didn't think it was a good idea—and the Italian government agrees.
Interpreters talk, translators write - right? But variety is in our blood.
If interpreters often feel overlooked, how must our neighbors behind the sound desk feel? I’ve always wondered how these people who keep everything running see their work, so I started asking. At the top of their wish list: lighter booths and easy room access. Along the way I noticed they also appreciate considerate interpreters.
Travel light: advice heard from day one but not so easy to follow. As a budding interpreter I felt the need to carry a complete set of age - and interest - appropriate “civilian” clothing in addition to my businesswear, so I habitually found myself lumbered with a backpack stuffed with jeans, t-shirts, sneakers and martial arts outfits – but no underwear!
Veronica Perez Guarnieri's advice to “stay as literal as possible” when interpreting at depositions seems to have ruffled a few feathers, to judge by the feedback received. Here are some quick takes on literalness in technical interpretation.
A Madrid-born, Montreal-raised interpreter and translator, Loreto was Head of Language Services at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from 1997 to 2006 after heading the Spanish
Interpreters love glossaries, for preparation at home and for work in the booth. But we need them to be more than a list of hard-to-navigate terms; we want them to work for us and not make us work for them. Using a spreadsheet can fill the bill.
Why do interpreters join AIIC? What misgivings may they have about it? What do they expect from their professional association? An assembly is a good place to single out new members and ask them these and related questions.
Terrence Deacon The Symbolic Species. The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain W. W. Norton & Co: New York & London, 1997, 527 pp., ISBN 0-393-03838-6 (hbk & pbk)
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