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Sign Language Interpreting: Exploring Its Art and Science is a comprehensive exploration of the practice and research relating to sign language interpreting.

The reader is taken on a journey from the early days of interpreting, to the professionalization of interpreters, to an examination of past and present models of interpreting. Two models are introduced that take into account the influence of all participants and environmental factors in a variety of interpreting situations. The text introduces first-time users to sign language and how it affects interpreting and for those knowledgeable about sign language interpreting, it gathers together a wealth of previously scattered materials. For scholars and researchers, it directs their attention to new areas for study.


  • Two models address cognitive factors involved in the process of interpreting and the interaction of participants and environmental factors.
  • The practice of interpreting is examined from the perspective of the interpreter, the deaf person, and the person who uses speech.
  • Ethical issues are explored and ethically challenging scenarios stimulate self-examination and discussions among interpreters and other participants.
  • The reader is shown how culture interacts with languages, signed and spoken, to shape the accuracy of an interpretation.
  • The practice of interpreting is investigated in a variety of settings and its business aspect and future directions are discussed.
  • Totally revised chapter 3, “Models of Interpreting.”

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HASH(0x98e1f9fc) out of 5 stars Good History of the Interpreting Profession 25 Sept. 2008
By Equality Rocks - Published on
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While this book could stand an update, it is a good overview of the interpreting profession with lots of helpful information (granted, some of which you can find by doing simple Web searches). Anyone thinking about becoming an interpreter would do well to read this book to get an understanding of the history of the profession or to perhaps effectively advocate for better pay rates or working conditions for interpreters. (most of an interpreters work is done in the prep time for a job, but interpreters only get paid for actual on site interpreting time... hmm, perhaps a paradigm shift should be in the works, if all interpreters work together to make that happen.)
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HASH(0x98e1fa50) out of 5 stars Excellent book. :-D 12 Mar. 2013
By Heather Aldridge - Published on
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I read this book last year and learned a lot from this book-- it benefits me a lot. :-D I highly recommend this book to everyone who wanted to become ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter.
HASH(0x99887d68) out of 5 stars Sign Language Interpreting: Exploring Its Art and Science 13 Jun. 2014
By Major Dad - Published on
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I purchase this book for an ASL class for college. It was somewhat a dry read. However, I got through it.
The info. was good but the book seem dated.
HASH(0x99098d2c) out of 5 stars Great book, bad glue 16 Oct. 2012
By ~ Megan - Published on
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Book has been great for the ASL interpreting class I am taking; however, the pages are falling out after I had only opened the book a few times.
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