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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2003

SPN 367K • Syntax and Stylistics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45115 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
PAR 310

Course Description

1 Introduction: Historical background; modes of interpretation and typical venues; differences between translation and interpretation. Conference interpreting and liaison interpreting. A discourse model of interpreting; speaking and hearing roles, talk as text and talk as activity. The psychology of interpreting according to the Paris school (Seleskovitch, Delisle) and the alternative views of Daniel Gile. Vocabulary building. Preparatory exercises: shadowing, short décalage, paraphrasing, sight translation.

2. Liaison interpreting: Multiple roles of the interpreter in the community and particularly in the medical area, including mental health. Ethics and protocol. Observation and criticism of medical interpreters in action. Community or public-service interpreters (intérpretes sociales) in the U.S. and in other countries. Techniques of consecutive interpretation with and without notes, The Rozan system of note-taking: principles and typical notes. Exercises (memory-strengthening, chunking, visualization, etc.) and hands-on practice of consecutive interpreting of dialogs, both scripted and extemporaneous. Accelerated consecutive as a transition to the simultaneous mode. 3. Legal interpreting: Multiple roles of the legal interpreter. Interpreting in court and other legal settings (trials, hearings, deposition s, etc.). Observation and criticism of court interpreters in action. Practice of simultaneous interpreting. Choice of modes in different situations and venues. Use of electronic equipment. Accelerated consecutive and hands-on practice of both modes with both recorded and live material. Overview of professional interpreting

Grading Policy

3 examinations (60%) 3 practical tests (30%) Homework, attendance and participation (10%).


A. Gentile, et al. Liaison Interpreting: a handbook. B. Seleskovitch, Interpreting for International Conferences. C. Wadensjö, 1998. Interpreting as Interaction. Supplementary bibliography and audio-visual aids


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