Language brokering: mediated manipulations, and the agency of the interpreter/translator

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Bauer, E (2017). Language brokering: mediated manipulations, and the agency of the interpreter/translator. in: Antonini, R, Cirillo, L, Rossato, L and Torresi, I (ed.) Non-professional Interpreting and Translation: State of the art and future of an emerging field of research Amsterdam, The Netherlands John Benjamins.
AuthorsBauer, E
EditorsAntonini, R, Cirillo, L, Rossato, L and Torresi, I
Abstract

Language brokering is a common phenomenon among children of migrants, whereby the child mediates between a parent and a different language speaker. This paper uses data from a UK study to explore the retrospective childhood experiences of adults who grew up interpreting and translating for their parents. It examines the ways in which children perform as agents during language brokering, converting meanings in one language into meanings in another in order to achieve particular goals. The paper analyses ways in which adults report that they exercised this form of agency in childhood, and how they feel this influenced their adult identities.

Year2017
Book titleNon-professional Interpreting and Translation: State of the art and future of an emerging field of research
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Place of publicationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
SeriesBenjamins Translation Library
ISBN9789027258755
Publication dates
Print01 Jun 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Apr 2017
Accepted21 Nov 2016
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1075/btl.129.18bau
Web address (URL)https://www.benjamins.com/#catalog/books/btl.129/main
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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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