• Publication Date: July 16, 2018
  • EAN: 9781760021719
  • 256 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Sign Language

Sign Language Interpreting

Theory and Practice


Product Description

The third edition of Sign Language Interpreting has been revised to introduce sign language interpreters around the world to essential professional knowledge and contemporary best practice in the field.

The authors are leading sign language interpreter educators, practitioners and researchers, and the book reflects their expertise by integrating a deep knowledge of practical skills and models for sign language interpreting across a range of contexts and locations.

Key features of the book include:

an updated overview of the worldwide sign language interpreting profession;

an introduction to contemporary theoretical and applied aspects of interpreting practice;

a discussion of the interpreting process, the role of the interpreter, and professionalism and ethics;

insights into the challenges and strategies for working in particular settings;

information about specialised interpreting skills; and

questions at the end of each chapter that guide readers to reflect on the information and issues presented.

This book is a valuable resource for sign language and interpreting students, interpreters entering the profession, as well as an international reference book for sign language interpreter practitioners, trainers and researchers.

From the Foreword: “Students training to become signed language interpreters as well as experienced interpreters in continuing education courses have all praised it for being easy to read for non-native users of English … The authors’ own involvement in so many aspects of our field makes them important inspirations and role models for readers.” – Anna-Lena Nilsson, Professor of Signed Language and Interpreting Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

About the Authors

1. Introduction
2. Language Skills and Knowledge
3. Interpreter Competencies and Attributes
4. Role, Ethics and Professional Practice
5. The Interpreting Process
6. Communication Dynamics and Demands
7. Interpreting Contexts
8. Specialised Interpreting Skills
9. Working Conditions and Professional Practices

Appendix A: Recommended Readings
Appendix B: NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct
Appendix C: ASLIA Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct
Appendix D: Sample Terms and Conditions
Appendix E: Sample Invoice


Reviews of previous editions:

This book is water to a parched earth. The need for multicultural, evidence-based texts on interpretation is significant. This volume not only addresses the general field of interpretation, it explicates the local context, and it also includes recent research and trends in practice as reflected in international professional literature. The authors of this book bring together a rich set of resources, knowledge, skills and experience. Further, they are each actively, respectfully and meaningfully involved in the communities Australasian interpreters are likely to be working with. The practical and the theoretical are nicely married in this text by authors who are wise teachers, fine researchers, excellent practitioners and women of integrity. Students, working interpreters and teachers of interpretation will find this book a valuable resource. We are so fortunate to have such a fine tool at our disposal, filled with useful and sophisticated information, yet accessible even to those who are just beginning their studies. From recent entrant into training to advanced interpreter with a great deal of experience in the field, this book will offer many benefits and is sure to become a necessary volume in every interpreter’s library. – Sharon Neumann Solow, ASL & international Sign Interpreter, Interpreter, Educator & Consultant, From the Foreword

This is in many ways a pioneering book, addressing as it does the subject of sign language interpreting from an Australasian perspective… There are relatively few books written on this topic so whilst students will find it invaluable, it will also be useful to everyone interested in this area of work, both from Australasia and beyond. There is no doubt that this is an important contribution to our knowledge of sign language interpreting worldwide. – Liz Scott Gibson, Director, Deaf Action, Edinburgh and President, World Association of Sign Language Interpreters

This book is the first such book published in Australia and New Zealand, and will benefit training courses. It will surely enhance the quality of these courses, both at the vocational training and university levels. It will also be a valuable resource for professionals and consumers alike… – Robert Adam, Life Member and Past President of the Australian Association of the Deaf

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