1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Interpreting

Edited By Holly Mikkelson, Renée Jourdenais Copyright 2015
    468 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Interpreting provides a comprehensive survey of the field of interpreting for a global readership. The handbook includes an introduction and twenty-seven chapters by contributors who are experts involved in the interpreting profession and leading academics in their area.

    The four sections cover:

      • The history and evolution of interpreting;
      • The core areas of interpreting studies from conference interpreting to transcription, and interpreting in conflict zones to voiceover;
      • Current issues and debates, from ethics and the role of the interpreter to the impact of globalization;
      • A look to the future.

    Suggestions for further reading are provided with every chapter.

    The Routledge Handbook of Interpreting is an essential purchase for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of interpreting studies. Professionals working in interpreting or those looking to work in the field will also find this book invaluable.

    Routledge Handbook of Interpreting

    Table of Contents

    Introduction – Renee Jourdenais & Holly Mikkelson

    Part I. Historical Perspectives

      1. The History of the Interpreting Profession: Jesús Baigorri
      2. Key Internal Players in the Development of the Interpreting Profession: Julie Boéri
      3. Key External Players in the Development of the Profession: Sofía García Beyaert
      4. Evolution of Interpreting Research: Franz Pöchhacker

    Part II. Modes of Interpreting

      1. Simultaneous Interpreting: Kilian Seeber
      2. Consecutive Interpreting: Kayoko Takeda & Debra Russell
      3. Signed Language Interpreting: Karen Bontempo
      4. Comparing Signed- and Spoken-language Interpreting: Jemina Napier
      5. Sight Translation: Jui-Ching (Wallace) Chen
      6. Transcription and Translation: Carmen Valero-Garcés

    Part III. Interpreting Settings

      1. Conference Interpreting: Ebru Diriker
      2. Court Interpreting: Jieun Lee
      3. Interpreting in Asylum Proceedings: Sonja Pöllabauer
      4. Community Interpreting: Marjory Bancroft
      5. Healthcare Interpreting: Cynthia Roat & Ineke Crezee
      6. Interpreting in Mental Health Care: Hanneke Bot
      7. Interpreting in Education: Melissa Smith
      8. Interpreting for the Mass Media: Pedro Castillo
      9. Interpreting in Conflict Zones: Barbara Moser-Mercer

    Part IV. Issues and Debates

      1. Ethics and the Role of the Interpreter: Uldis Ozolins
      2. Vicarious Trauma (VT) and Stress Management: Justine Ndongo-Keller
      3. Remote Interpreting: Sabine Braun
      4. Quality: Ángela Collados-Aís & Olalla García Becerra
      5. Assessment: Jean Turner
      6. Pedagogy: Chuanyun Bao
      7. Non-Professional Interpreters: Aída Martínez-Gómez
      8. Interpreting and Professional Identity: Mette Rudvin

    Conclusion: Renee Jourdenais & Holly Mikkelson



    Holly Mikkelson is Associate Professor of Translation and Interpretation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA. Her publications include a range of interpreting manuals and books including Introduction to Court Interpreting (Routledge, 2000).

    Renée Jourdenais is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA.

    "This innovative volume is essential reading for students, interpreters and researchers.  It is innovative because it covers all areas of interpreting (conference, sign language, court, healthcare and more) from a global point of view and includes chapters on such under-researched topics as sight translation, translation for the mass media and transcription and translation. The Handbook brings together the work of 32 leading scholars to provide a comprehensive overview of the past, present and future of interpreting. The breadth and scope of this book make it a must have." - Mary Phelan, Dublin City University, Ireland

    "This handbook's comprehensive overviews, multiple foci, insightful guidance, and wealth of authentic references make it into a true encyclopedia of interpreting that will be of great use to a wide and varied readership of interpreting students, users of interpreting services, practitioners, and interpreting researchers - to anyone who is interested in the field and wants to gain deeper insights into it." - Lihua Jiang, Hunan Normal University, China

    "As its name suggests, the handbook is a resourceful collection of topics in interpreting, offering a comprehensive overview of the past, present and and futiure of interpreting." - Hua Song, Xiamen University, China