International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Developments in Dialogue Interpreting: from Insights of Practitioners towards an Established Curriculum?
Kristina Mullamaa

Interpreting in Estonia has undergone many important changes in the past 20 years. The society and the interpreting market have witnessed an essential makeover and the areas where interpreting is needed have grown from the once often state-controlled political and conference interpreting to include different varieties typical of a modern open society. Although the attention in training has tended to focus on conference interpreting, awareness of dialogue interpreting and the role implications of interpreters is rising both among interpreters and clients. An urge for organising dialogue interpreter training has been indicated by practitioners in the field as well as clients, and has been documented by research (cf. Mullamaa 2005, 2006a, 2008, 2009; Kääramees 2009; Remme 2010). The training and professionalisation of dialogue interpreters, however, are currently still in an embryonic state. Nevertheless, research has been able to contribute to the development of practices, in many cases constituting thus a positive example of “action research”. In the article below, we analyse the relevant on-going processes and developments in the field through the results in recent research. The main focus will be on the interpreters´ role.

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