Miriam Shlesinger on the "usefulness" of interpreting

This presentation was the keynote address at the Glendon Graduate Student Conference in Translation Studies.
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Miriam Shlesinger: "The definition of the #interpreter's role needs to be flexible and take context into account."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "It's impossible for the #interpreter not to take on multiple roles. Grey goes with the territory."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Why do those in charge of risk management never make the connection between lack of #interpreting and malpractice?"
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Miriam Shlesinger: "The great frustration in #interpreting is that we always have to educate those who refuse to educate themselves."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Is the healthcare provider the #interpreter's boss? We tend to lean too far towards subservience."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Research in #interpreting is more than research. It is development work relevant for the community context."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "A lack of understanding of #interpreting has a detrimental effect on patient outcomes."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Advocacy is a double-edged sword. When does help become a hindrance?"
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Miriam Shlesinger: "In community #interpreting, 'grey' goes with the territory."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "The #interpreter has power because she controls scarce linguistic resources."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Discourse elements are sometimes obligatory, and they impact strict definitions of neutrality."
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Paulo Freire: "Washing your hands of conflict between powerful & powerless is not neutrality. It is siding with the powerful."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "It took 130 years for the ICED to lift a ban on sign language in Deaf education."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Biggest issue in community #interpreting is neutrality."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Study showed only half of immigrants understood instructions from dietitians or pharmacists if language is unmediated."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Language plays a bigger role in denying human rights than most of us want to admit."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Language policy = decisions made by political & fiscal authorities about language rights."
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Miriam Shlesinger: " #Translation & #interpreting are merely different points along a common continuum of cognitive activity."
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Study showed #interpreters have only 10 to 35% accuracy with acronyms."
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Miriam Shlesinger: " #Interpreters get 82% of words right, but only 54% of numbers!"
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Will understanding the #interpreting process help us do it better?"
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Miriam Shlesinger: "How do you study an object as varied as #interpreting?" #Glendon
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Miriam Shlesinger: "What is #interpreting as an object and what questions should we try to answer about it?"
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Miriam Shlesinger: "Teasing apart norms, strategies & cognitive constraints is key for research on #interpreting."
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#Interpreting Studies scholar Miriam Shlesinger takes the floor at #Glendon #Translation Studies conference. http://t.co/qfIPuRnz
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