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Translational approach to interpreting studies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Jin



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) published in its final definitive form in 2014. For re-use rights please refer to the publishers terms and conditions.


Interpreting research has a very short history and there are very few theories underpinning it, but it appears that the major factor that slows down its progress is the lack of translational research. This notion, borrowed from the medical sciences, is operationalised as translating theories in neighbour disciplines into the knowledge and research methods applicable to interpreting research(IR). While Shlesinger (1995) observed that many interpreting researchers may be strangers to paradigms in neighbour disciplines, it is argued in this paper that familiarity with those paradigms is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for the progress of IR. This is because paradigms and methods selected by researchers are motivated and informed by theories and testable research questions. Without translating knowledge, direct application of the most powerful methodology in a neighbour discipline to IR could prove fruitless.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jin Y

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Multidimensional Translation: From Science to Arts

Year of Conference: 2014

Date deposited: 30/12/2013