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2:7 Thursday, July 20, 2000

Roy, Contributors Reinvent Interpreter Training

Perhaps no academic discipline is emerging as rapidly or as meaningfully as the study of sign language interpreting. Melanie Metzger's 1998 Sign Language Interpreting: Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality convincingly demonstrated that interpreters are not simply passive and objective translators but active, subjective participants in a dynamic dialogue. In the wake of this fresh understanding, editor Cynthia Roy presents Innovative Practices for Teaching Sign Language Interpreters, a collection of essays by the field's leading experts that focus on new methods of instructing prospective interpreters.

Following an eloquent foreword by Robert Ingram, Roy herself opens the collection with an incisive take on where interpreting has come from and where it will go from here. "It is our hope that interpreting instructors will implement the practices explained in this book," she writes, "and that they, in turn, will demonstrate and discuss their own best practices." Elizabeth Winston (editor of Storytelling and Conversation) and Christine Monikowski address the importance of developing textual coherence skills in chapter two, using discourse analysis. Kyra Pollitt, Melanie Metzger, Jeffrey E. Davis, Rico Peterson, and Janice H. Humphrey tackle the issues of cultural awareness, role-playing, translation techniques, recall protocols, and interpreter assessment respectively.

Read Roy's Chapter One: Training Interpreters - Past, Present, and Future, now available to newsletter subscribers in its entirety. Subscribers also have the exclusive opportunity of ordering Innovative Practices for Teaching Sign Language Interpreters at 20% off the regular price. Order Roy's groundbreaking collection today.

Editor Irene Leigh's Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups continues to receive critical praise, this time from Newsgram, the periodical of the District of Columbia Psychological Association. Calling the collection a "first in the area [of psychotherapy with deaf clients]," the review continues: "It successfully conveys the needs and therapeutic experiences of deaf people from different groups, including diverse ethnic groups, sexual orientation, and deaf persons with specific issues such as sexual victimization, chemical dependency, etc." Leigh will be giving two presentations at the annual American Psychology Association conference in Washington, D.C., August 4-8.

The journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition published a fine review of Pinky Extension and Eye Gaze: Language Use in Deaf Communities, the fourth volume in the Press's Sociolinguistics of Deaf Communities series, edited by Ceil Lucas, in its June 2000 issue. "This diverse collection of articles on language use in Deaf communities should be fairly accessible to readers with minimal familiarity with sign language linguistics," writes Gerald P. Berent of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Read this review, or see the complete list of books in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series. Ceil Lucas is also the co-editor of Linguistics of American Sign Language.

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