3rd Edition

Introducing Interpreting Studies

By Franz Pöchhacker Copyright 2022
    296 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This bestselling textbook, now fully updated, introduces students, researchers and practitioners to the fast-developing discipline of Interpreting Studies. Written by one of the world’s leading researchers in Interpreting Studies, Introducing Interpreting Studies covers interpreting in all its varied forms, from international conference to community-based settings, in both spoken and signed modalities.

    The book first guides the reader through the evolution of the field, reviewing influential concepts, models and methodological approaches. It then presents the main areas of research on interpreting, and identifies present and future trends in Interpreting Studies. This edition has been updated to reflect recent advances in areas from cognitive neuroscience to multimodal discourse analysis and to cover technology-assisted and technology-mediated forms of interpreting, and the role of technology in interpreter training. Featuring chapter summaries, guides to the main points covered, and suggestions for further reading, Franz Pöchhacker’s practical and user-friendly textbook is the definitive map of this important and growing discipline.

    Introducing Interpreting Studies gives a comprehensive overview of the field and offers guidance to those undertaking research of their own. The book is complemented by The Interpreting Studies Reader (Routledge, 2002), a collection of seminal contributions to research in Interpreting Studies, and by the comprehensive Routledge Encyclopedia of Interpreting Studies (Routledge, 2015).

    List of Illustrations


    Publisher Acknowledgements

    Introducing Introducing . . .

    PART I Foundations

    1 Concepts

    2 Evolution

    3 Approaches

    4 Models

    PART II Topics

    5 Language and memory

    6 Cognitive processes

    7 Product and effect

    8 Discourse in interaction

    9 History

    10 Profession

    11 Technology

    12 Education

    PART III Directions

    13 Directions


    Author index

    Subject index



    Franz Pöchhacker is Professor of Interpreting Studies at the University of Vienna. He is the editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Interpreting Studies (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor of The Interpreting Studies Reader (Routledge, 2002) and of the international journal Interpreting.

    Praise for the Third Edition

    "The third edition of Introducing Interpreting Studies remains an essential guide to interpreting studies, synthesizing current trends in the field with the latest research into a clearly structured and lucidly written volume. This textbook remains an important read for anyone interested in the practice and study of interpreting."

    Christopher D. Mellinger, UNC Charlotte, USA

    "All roads to interpreting research fan out from this book. Let the experienced guide take you down each of those roads into a lush landscape of topics, models, approaches, and methods. "

    Bart Defrancq, Ghent University, Belgium

    Praise for the Second Edition

    "Introducing Interpreting Studies has been for the past 12 years the canon for interpreting studies, providing a comprehensive and insightful description of all types of interpreting. Written by a leading authority in the field, the book is well structured, well written and well referenced. This edition is an updated and improved version of an already excellent book and will undoubtedly continue to hold its place as the Interpreting textbook for many years to come."

    Sandra Hale, University of New South Wales, Australia

    Praise for the First Edition

    "This comprehensive, structured, and accessible primer will quickly become the standard textbook around which introductory courses are organized ... Its publication represents a major contribution to the field of Interpreting Studies."

    International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC)

    "This book will undoubtedly become a fixture in the recommended literature of students of interpretation around the world."

    Book Review

    "An ambitious, well-informed and well-researched piece of work. We can safely say that, with the new-found momentum fuelled by the publication of such a work, interpreting studies will soon establish itself firmly as a new discipline."

    Perspectives: Studies in Translatology