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Exploring Remote Interpreting

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Volume 4(1) ~ May 2012

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Exploring Remote Interpreting

Erica Alley
Gallaudet University

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Abstract

This article examines the field of remote interpretation in both signed and spoken languages. Remote interpreting is used throughout a range of specializations including medical, mental health, education, conference, and legal environments. Video interpreting is here to stay, despite obstacles that continue to pose a challenge; many who fight this technology do so against the natural paradigm shift that the field will take. I propose that rather than resist the expansion of technology, interpreter educators instead teach interpreters how to use it effectively. In this article I identify important topics for educators to address, to help interpreters make ethically wise decisions in this setting and to improve the provision of services.

Keywords: remote interpreting, video remote interpreting, video relay service

 

Correspondence to: erica.alley@gmail.com