Professionalisation of interpreting <i>with</i> the community

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In this paper, I argue for a revised understanding of interpreting as a comprehensively<i>collaborative </i>activity. In presenting this case, I focus on the interpreter’s role as a weaver-together of narratives and a connector of people. I stress the interpreter’s task of working <i>with </i>others, i.e. actively bringing them into the process of negotiating meaning, to share triadic communicative events where participants constantly align and re-align themselves in complex kaleidoscopic ways to achieve their collective communicative goals. Building on previous work, I work towards the notion of a <i>cycle of empowerment</i>, reinforcing the imperative to work closely with the full range of relevant stakeholders to construct, implement and refine a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities.


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