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dc.contributor.authorOrr, Graeme
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-13T03:12:06Z
dc.date.available2019-05-13T03:12:06Z
dc.date.issued1994
dc.identifier.issn10383441
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/176659
dc.description.abstractThis is an intriguing study of the role of interpreters in the Australian legal system, because in addition to comprehensively describing the legal and professional context in which interpreters work, it also offers a re­conceptualisation of that role. Part way through the book, I was struck by the self-conscious use of 'sic' by the authors following a quoted reference to interpreters as 'translators'. Clearly everyday language distinguishes between 'interpreting' and 'translating'. 'Translating' is pre-eminently the rendering of documents and written texts into another language; 'interpreting' is archetypically the immediate translation of spoken words. But I wondered if there was not more to the distinction than that. Weekley's etymological dictionary being handy (in both senses of the word), I soon learnt that 'interpret' harkens back to the Latin for agent or translator, with possible origins in the idea of one who helped make a bargain - the 'pret' suffix suggests 'price'. 'Translate', however, originally meant 'to bear across'. The interpreter then was one who acted as a go-between, helping to strike a bargain, but who remained allied to one party. The translator, perhaps, was more interested in the lofty task of capturing and carrying some idealised meaning.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherGriffith University
dc.publisher.placeBrisbane
dc.publisher.urihttp://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/GriffLawRw/1994/4.html
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom156
dc.relation.ispartofpageto160
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalGriffith Law Review
dc.relation.ispartofvolume3
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.titleReview of Interpreters and the legal system by Kathy Laster and Veronica Taylor
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC3 - Articles (Letter/ Note)
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Law
gro.rights.copyright© 1994 Griffith Law School. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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gro.griffith.authorOrr, Graeme D.


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