Presentation by Drs. Brenda Nicodemus and Laurie Swabey on “Preparation strategies for interpreting speeches: An examination of expert interpreters”

From GU’s Daily Digest on 2/11/2012:

Dr. Brenda Nicodemus and Dr. Laurie Swabey will present “Preparation strategies for interpreting speeches: An examination of expert interpreters”  on Thursday, March 1, noon-1 p.m., JSAC, Rm. 1011.

Given 20 minutes and the full text of a highly scripted speech, how would you prepare to interpret? In this presentation, an examination is made of strategies used by six highly experienced interpreters as they prepared to interpret President Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural speech into American Sign Language. Structures typically found in scripted speeches will be discussed and a report will be made on the strategies, both effective and ineffective, used by expert interpreters for this high-profile public address.

Brenda Nicodemus is a visiting professor in the Department of Interpretation at Gallaudet. She has worked professionally as an interpreter since 1989 and holds certification (CI, CT, NIC-A) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She holds a Ph.D. in educational linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Her publications include Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries in American Sign Language Interpreting (Gallaudet University Press, 2009) and, with co-editor Laurie Swabey, Advances in Interpreting Research (Benjamins, 2011).

Laurie Swabey is a professor of interpreting at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. She has taught interpreting since 1980, both to signed language interpreters and spoken language interpreters. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Minnesota, and she has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to interpreting pedagogy and health care interpreting. Her latest publications include co-editing Advances in Interpreting Research with Brenda Nicodemus (Benjamins 2011), Referring Expressions in ASL Discourse (in Discourse in American Sign Language, Gallaudet University Press, 2011) and the forthcoming volume, Educating Healthcare Interpreters, with co-editor Karen Malcolm (Gallaudet University Press, March 2012).

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