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Title: Accuracy in telephone interpreting: the case of French as a lingua franca in Finland
Authors: Määttä, Simo K.
Keywords: Community interpretingpublic-service interpretinglegal interpretingtelephone interpretingFrenchFinnishsystemic-functional grammarequivalenceaccuracylingua franca
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Simo K. Määttä, "Accuracy in telephone interpreting: the case of French as a lingua franca in Finland", in: "The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 23 (2018)", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018, pp. 1-17
Abstract: This paper analyzes accuracy in authentic telephone-interpreting data in which the migrant and the interpreter communicate in French as a lingua franca, namely a language that is not their first language. The data consists of an interview conducted by a law-enforcement officer in Finland. The analysis is based on the ideational, interpersonal, and textual metafunctions of language theorized within systemic-functional grammar. The analysis shows that the particularities of both telephone-mediated interpreting and lingua-franca interpreting engender significant communication problems. As a result, accuracy is not achieved, and the interpreter has to use strategies that are questionable in terms of the codes of conduct of community and legal interpreters. The interpreter is an active agent in the co-construction, maintenance, and erasure of indexical meanings such as speaker identities. In addition, due to linguistic and contextual constraints, the interpreter takes a prominent role as a coordinator of turns. The paper suggests that interpreters’ deontological codes are based on monolithic language ideologies and unrealistic expectations that should be reconsidered to correspond to the specific features of lingua franca and telephone interpreting.
ISSN: 1591-4127
eISSN: 2421-714X
DOI: 10.13137/2421-714X/22396
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 23 - 2018

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