Authored by: Ángela Collados Aís , Olalla García Becerra

The Routledge Handbook of Interpreting

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415811668
eBook ISBN: 9781315745381
Adobe ISBN: 9781317595021


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Interpretation quality is a key concept in interpreting studies. Since the earliest studies, quality has been approached from different perspectives, although there is not yet a universal consensus on what it is, what criteria should be used to define it, and how these criteria can be objectively evaluated. It is therefore difficult to arrive at a single, comprehensive definition of the concept of “quality” in the field of interpreting (Shlesinger 1997: 122), and many authors have referred to it as a slippery concept (e.g., Ackermann et al. 1997; Shlesinger 1997). Contributing to the difficulty of defining quality is the fact that one must take into account a number of very disparate aspects involving various actors – interpreters, clients, users and speakers – each of whom has quite a different vision and perception of quality (Garzone 2003: 23)

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