In search of an interpreting research methodology for Africa

  • Harold M Lesch


The successful performance of many interpreting professionals can be acquired with formal instruction without any reference to formal research. Without any theoretical sessions much can be gained from the practiceoriented instruction by experienced interpreters whom one can regard as masters of the craft. However, research and science are part and parcel of the discipline and status of the interpreting profession. With few exceptions, interpreting research has for many years focused on the cognitive processes of what is happening when one is interpreting (Gile, 1995; Gerver, 1996; Moser-Mecer, 2002). Apart from this research that has been going in the international arena, interpreting in Africa as a profession and as a research discipline is still in its formative years. This article investigates the potential of developing research into interpreting studies for the African context which necessitates its own research options, priorities and methodology.

Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 2011, 29(3): 359–371

Author Biography

Harold M Lesch
Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, 7602 Matieland, South Africa

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eISSN: 1727-9461
print ISSN: 1607-3614