Gallaudet University Press

6:1 Thursday, January 29, 2004

A New Series Explores Unique Facets
of Signed Language Interpretation

From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New Research on Interpretation marks the advent of Studies in Interpretation, “a much-needed series,” notes Ceil Lucas, Professor of Linguistics at Gallaudet University and series editor of the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series, “that will fill a significant gap in the field of interpretation.” Indeed, the first volume’s editors Melanie Metzger, Steven Collins, Valerie Dively, and Risa Shaw state, “Interpreters and translators can be found working wherever individuals from diverse language communities come together. We interpret and translate interviews so basic in nature that outcomes might determine whether or not a family will have food on the table. We interpret at conferences that are so technically and ethically far-reaching that even the nature of nature itself, the human genome, might be the subject of our efforts.”

The inaugural volume launches the series by focusing on several unique facets of sign interpretation, including monologic situations and multiparty contexts. “These chapters highlight interpreted encounters that incorporate spoken languages (i.e., English and Spanish) and signed languages (i.e., American Sign Language, Australian Sign Language)” explain the editors in their introduction. “They include studies of interpreted medical, religious, and educational encounters.” In short, “this volume examines some of the threads with which interpreters and translators weave their work and, in so doing, offers new insights into the processes and products of interpretation.”

Take advantage of your exclusive subscriber discount when you order From Topic Boundaries to Omission. Also, gain insight on the different strategies used by interpreters to indicate topic shifts when interpreting into American Sign Language and when transliterating. Read chapter six, Marking Topic Boundaries in Signed Interpretation and Transliteration, by Elizabeth Winston and Christine Monikowski.

CHOICE gives high marks to Many Ways to Be Deaf: International Variation in Deaf Communities edited by Leila Monaghan, Constanze Schmaling, Karen Nakamura, and Graham H. Turner in its December 2003 issue. “This new book comes at just the right time, showing through a compilation of works from authors around the world that sign languages from various nations, while different, can be a significantly unifying factor to the worldwide Deaf community. Not only does this work present surprisingly parallel stories of the different struggles and successes of the Deaf community throughout the world, it suggests that in compiling the material for their work, the researchers may have inadvertently set the stage for a more general understanding of world cultures and for valuing diversity. If the Deaf communities of the world can value each other, perhaps we all can.” The full review is available online. You can also read chapter twelve from Many Ways to Be Deaf and order here.

The Second International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference, which takes place on February 19-21, 2004, is less than one month away. Diverse topics of the presentations range from deafness as a socially constructed disease and how societal values influence mainstream perception of the Deaf; an argument analysis of technology and deafness; citizenship, group rights, and Deaf communities in an era of global neo-liberalism; political participation among deaf people; strange talk: Deaf culture, audism, and other discourses in the late 20th century; the Deaf historian: in search of a role; deaf and hard-of-hearing researchers investigating the auditory sensory system; to the key question of whether deaf academics network in a Deaf World or in an Academics World?, and many more. Registration continues through February 13, 2004. For more information, go to: http://deafacademics.gallaudet.edu/.

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