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Online London Reading Group

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – £10.00


The Zoom room will open at 6:45 to allow time for some evenings hellos and chit chat before we officially kick off at 7pm.

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Meeting ID: 850 1708 8849
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Dear ASLI Member,

Last months launch of our Interpreter Reading Group went well, so we’re back for a 2nd session, hoorah! 3 brand new reading options were up for your vote and the winning paper this month is:

Interpreters, rapport, and the role of familiarity (2021) by Rachel Mapson and George Major
This paper explores one of the conditions that can foster interpreters’ ability to process meaning: their familiarity with the primary participants. Discussion focuses on how latent networks (Watts, 2003) inform the interpretation of relational work (Locher and Watts, 2005) and rapport management (Spencer-Oatey, 2000/2008). The relationship between familiarity and interpretation of relational activity is illustrated through the juxtaposition of two independent studies. Data in the first study were generated through semi-structured group discussions involving eight experienced British Sign Language/ English interpreters to identify contextual influences on their choice of interpreting strategies around im/politeness. The findings from the first study are complemented by an interactional sociolinguistic analysis of relational practice within healthcare. In this second study, observational recordings of two naturally-occurring general practice consultations, interpreted between Australian Sign Language and English, were sup- plemented with reflective interviews with the participants. Familiarity emerged as a strong theme across both studies. Familiarity provides the background knowledge enabling interpreters to better understand both the content and the intent of partici- pants’ language. The knowledge afforded by familiarity reduces interpreters’ cognitive load and may therefore facilitate their greater focus on the relational aspects of the interaction.
Please click on the below title to download your copy. Happy reading!..

Interpreters, rapport, and the role of familiarity (Mason & Major, 2021)



To recap – this will be a monthly reading group where a journal article or book chapter related to the world of interpreting – both spoken language and signed language – will be selected and read. The reading group will be giving us the opportunity to discover new research which will inform our practice and to discuss topics in a safe and supportive environment.

The format for the event will be an introduction to the paper followed by breakout rooms for small groups to discuss the paper – We can discuss such things as what did you learn? What did you like? What did you not like? What did you not understand? How might this inform your practice? What other CPD might you look to undertake because of reading the paper?

Key dates:

Thursday 29th June – Registration and voting opens. You will need to supply your name and an email address upon registration.

Thursday 6th July – voting closes at 23:59. Voting now closed. 

Friday 7th July – The chosen paper has now been uploaded here on the event page to download.

Friday 14th July – Registration closes. So still time to register, read the paper and join us!

Tuesday 18th July, 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Online meeting to discuss the paper.

If you are registering after voting has closed on 6th July, you will not have a say in which paper will be selected and the winning paper is listed below. This is to ensure we have ample time to read the paper before the event. (Top tip – register early next month!). Please do not worry if your preferred paper is not chosen this time as papers receiving a significant number of votes can be added to another month’s list.



Here is a handy document for anyone after a few tips or a refresher in how to get the most out of your social science article reading experience. Please click on title:

How to Read (and Understand) a Social Science Journal Article



This is a FREE event for members and will be worth 1 unstructured CPD point. Obviously you can decide on an individual basis to allocate more CPD points to this session for pre-session reading/reflection time and post-session reflection/further discussion time.

Non-members are welcome to join for £10.00.

We look forward to seeing you on 18th July.

Paul Michaels and your ASLI team; Anna, Shaunett and Tess

Please email us with any questions at: southeast@asli.org.uk


July 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – £10.00
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