What is it about?

This article argues that the current use of interpreting settings, such as court interpreting, conference interpreting and medical interpreting is unhelpful as it neither fits the evidence available not helps research to advance. Instead of thinking of interpreting in terms of settings, I argue that researchers and professionals alike should think of interpreting as one activity that takes place in a variety of contexts. This encourages us to learn from research on all forms of interpreting and could lead to important new discoveries.

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Why is it important?

This study shows that it is high time we broke down the walls between interpreting in different contexts and recognised that all interpreting shares many common features. Know this, we can revolutionise training, public relations and ethics.


This is the bravest and perhaps most important article I have ever written.

Dr Jonathan Downie

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This page is a summary of: Interpreting is interpreting, Translation and Interpreting Studies, July 2020, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/tis.20006.dow.
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