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Influence of background knowledge on omissions

12th June 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Emmy Kauling is a sign language interpreter and linguist from the Netherlands, who has started her PhD in September 2016 at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research interests are sign language interpreting in academic and professional settings, socio- and interactional linguistics, and the representation of deaf people by interpreters. 

The Webinar: From omission to mission – Strategic omissions in interpreted lectures

When interpreting a university lecture, interpreters sometimes omit information. In interpreting studies, this was often regarded as an error. However, in this study, which is a replication of an omissions-study by Jemina Napier, it is shown that omissions actually are part of the linguistic coping strategies of interpreters. Additionally it was found that background knowledge and preparation have an effect on the number of omissions interpreters make. This webinar will introduce the extended omissions taxonomy and the influence of background knowledge on omission patterns will be discussed. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Participants are familiar with the extended omission taxonomy. 
  • Participants know how to apply the taxonomy in their work practice.
  • Participants understand the benefits of analysing interpreted work by using the taxonomy. 

The ASLI webinar programme is a member benefit. Members who wish to attend should please email training@asli.org.uk to book their free place on this webinar.


12th June 2018
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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