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Physical factors of interpreting

In the framework of an interactive model of interpreting, an interpreting has many physical limitations or ‘demands.’ Let’s learn about constraints and demands on the physical component of interpreting.

Here are some bullet points/learning outcomes of which we might want to be aware:


Chapter 4 (pp. 45–56) Required

Application of Demand-Control Theory to Sign Language Interpreting: Implications for Stress and Interpreter Training (Dean & Pollard) Required

Read pp. 1–8, 12–13. This seminal work in the DC-S theory framework introduces various types of demands—linguistic, environmental, interpersonal, and intrapersonal—and discusses their impacts on interpreter environments and psychology.

Preventative Exercises Required

A variety of preventative exercises that interpreters (or anyone with potential overuse syndrome symptoms) can use.

The Occupational Health and Safety Guide for Sign Language Interpreters Highly recommended

Fairly comprehensive writeup outlining the hazards of interpreting environments, occupational health and safety risks, and injuries related to interpreting work. Similar poster/presentation version here sponsored by AVLIC (Canada’s RID) and Ryerson University. (More of Woodcock and Fischer’s excellent work on interpreter injury at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2012.03.003. Access required.)

“Cumulative Motion Injuries” (RID, 1996)
“Self Care” (RID, 2007)

RID’s official position papers on Cumulative Motion Injuries (CMI) or Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI): information about, types of, and prevention of various injuries.