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Learning to Interpret

Learning to Interpret
Working from English Into American Sign Language

American Sign Language interpretation involves more than translating words into signs. From his decades of experience as an interpreter educator, Campbell McDermid keenly understands this approach.


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Overview

American Sign Language interpretation involves more than translating words into signs. From his decades of experience as an interpreter educator, Campbell McDermid keenly understands this approach. McDermid’s teachings are grounded in linguistics, research and theory, and his text aptly combines theoretical and practical exercises through use of examples, targeted exercises, and development of skills that are critical to the interpreting process. Learning to Interpret introduces a number of basic linguistic concepts and provides a guide for translating English to ASL. Students of interpretation will better understand how to paraphrase from an English source to an English target text, allowing them to more accurately translate the final text into ASL. 

About the Author
Campbell McDermid, PhD, NIC, COI has worked in the interpreting field for over 30 years, and his experience encompasses community, educational and medical interpreting. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and formerly taught at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. 

McDermid’s research and published work focuses on the interpretation process based upon various theories in pragmatics, cohesion, and translation studies. He has researched ASL as a second language, the professional deportment of sign language interpreters, and the change in identity as interpreters learn about Deaf culture and become fluent in ASL.

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (08/2018)
ISBN-13: ISBN 978-1-939125-52-1
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue – Who is this Book For? xi

one – what is interpreting? 1

two – literal interpretation 22

three – sentence restructuring 49

four – antonyms 75

five – superordinate (hypernym) and hyponym 93

six – holonym, meronym, synecdoche, and metonym 109

seven – verbs 128

eight – various enrichments 156

nine – implicature 177

ten – conclusion 221

References 235

Index 243

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