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Attending and listening


Patrie, Consecutive Interpreting from English
Unit 3 (pp. 71–93) Required

Interpreting Culturally Rich Realities: Research Implications for Successful Interpretations (Cokely) Required

This is a pre-published version of this article by Dennis Cokely, Dean of the ASL Program at Northeastern University, regarding meaning in ASL vocabularies and interpretations. (Published citation/reference: Cokely, D. (2001). Interpreting culturally rich realities: Research implications for successful interpretations. Journal of Interpretation, 2001.) We’ll be using this article to talk about message intent, vis-a-vis listening.

Related: Examples of multiple meaning words in ASL (YouTube link)

Interpreters, Conversational Style, and Gender at Work (Morgan) Required

This is chapter 5 in Hauser (2008) Deaf Professionals and Designated Interpreters by my colleague Elizabeth Morgan. This reading addresses the concept of power language and the role of gender in creating power/less language.

Does gender style contribute to tech industry diversity?

A more-recent corollary to Morgan’s article, this discussion of resume writing styles in Fortune Magazine explores an interesting point about the different (perceived) narrative style of men and women. Author Kieran Snyder observes differences in writing length, detail inclusion, credential inclusion, and personal background. How do these styles impact message creation, (does it) impact Deaf narrative creation, and interpretation approaches?

Simons/Chabris Selective Attention Test

How to Wield Empathy

Admittedly, this article has nothing directly to do with SL interpreting; it’s about user experience design, the practice of getting into the psychology of web/internet use. But replace “design” with “interpret” and the sentiment takes on a new light. Is there room for ‘user/consumer’ empathy in our work?

Eye fixation study

Eye fixation study results show how we actually read and process texts. What implications does this have for interpreters?