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Conference Interpreting Explained

Roderick Jones



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St Jerome Publishing
01 September 2002
Translation & interpretation; Languages & ESL; Translation; Translation
Roderick Jones adopts a very practical approach to both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, providing detailed illustrations of note-taking, reformulation, the 'salami' technique, simplification, generalization, anticipation, and so on, including numerous tricks-of-the-trade such as how to handle difficult speakers and how to interpret untranslatable jokes. Numerous examples are offered at every stage, all in English or 'foreignized' English.

Although primarily written as a practitioner's explanation rather than a theorist's speculation, the book includes notes on concepts such as units of meaning, translation units and discourse structure, as well as stances on more polemical issues such as the use of omission and the ethics of interpreting mistakes. The book concludes with a comment on the pleasure of conference interpreting, as well as a glossary and suggested further readings. In all, it fills a major gap in English-language publications on interpreting, providing an introduction for beginners, a down-to-earth guide for students, and a handy compendium for teachers.

The first edition of this book was published in the series Translation Theories explained, at a time when St. Jerome had no separate series for books on practice as such. Happily, it has now found its rightful place in the Practices series. Modifications with respect to the first edition include an updated reading list, an index, and guideline tasks for training sessions. The popularity of the book since its first appearance in 1998 suggests that little else needs to be changed.
By:   Roderick Jones
Imprint:   St Jerome Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Volume:   v. 6
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 171mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9781900650571
ISBN 10:   1900650576
Series:   Translation Practices Explained
Pages:   148
Publication Date:   01 September 2002
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Conference Interpreting Explained

... a down-to-earth, straightforward book which describes what happens on the job and offers useful advise on technique. I would not hasitate to recommend it to students of interpreting. (Janet Altman, ITI Bulletin)

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