Dr. Marjorie Zambrano-Paff, Department of Spanish, published “The Impact of Interpreters’ Linguistic Choices in Bilingual Hearings” in Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, which will appear in late April 2011.
The article describes a study on linguistic strategies that interpreters employ as repair mechanisms when confronted with both semantic and pragmatic challenges. The data show that the interpreter’s linguistic choices often altered the defendant’s testimony, sometimes damaging his or her credibility and potentially affecting the outcome of the case.
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