The Federation Press

Sign Language Interpreting

Theory and practice in Australia and New Zealand


This established textbook, now in its 2nd edition, concentrates on demonstrating how international best practice can operate in the specific local conditions in Australia and New Zealand.

The authors expertise as leading Australasian sign language interpreter educators and practitioners, ensures their book integrates a deep knowledge of current international best practice into local conditions for sign language interpreting. This distinguishes it from other international texts on sign language interpreting which tend to reflect different linguistic, professional and training experiences and environments.

Sign Language Interpreting provides an updated overview of the profession in Australia and New Zealand, introducing contemporary theoretical and applied aspects of interpreting practice. Drawing upon international and local sources, it discusses the interpreting process, the role of the interpreter, professionalism and ethics, as well as challenges and strategies for working in particular settings, and using specialist interpreting skills. Each chapter includes thought questions 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 a reference book for sign language interpreter practitioners, trainers and researchers.


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

Reviews of the previous edition: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

Table of Contents

The Interpreting Process
Language skills and knowledge
Interpreter competencies and attributes
Role, ethics and professional practice
Communication dynamics and demands
Interpreting contexts
Specialised interpreting skills
Interpreting in Maori and Indigenous Australian contexts
Working conditions and professional practices
Appendix A: Recommended readings
Appendix B: SLIANZ Code of Ethics
Appendix C: ASLIA Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct
Appendix D: Deafblind Alphabet Chart
Appendix E: Sample terms and conditions
Appendix F: Sample invoice

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