Tbh, I had never heard of it before but I am currently reading a master's thesis tutored by Pöchhacker which claims that this new form of consecutive interpretation is a trend which has been around (largely unnoticed) for the past ten years.
Whilst I must admit I've never been utterly keen on consecutive (which has not improved given that 99% of my freelance work tends to be simultaneous) and I therefore find the idea appealing I have strong doubts over its feasibility (buzzwords being non-verbal communication, consecutive as the bee's knees in interpreter performance or, to put it differently, the test-bench for students' cognitive processing skills, interaction with the audience etc.).
What do you think?
a) Has anyone ever heard of it or seen it?
Please do feel free to comment even if this is not the case since this might provide a clearer picture as to the prevalence of this allegedly new form of interpretation (Then again - as we say in German "Keine Antwort ist auch eine Antwort";)
b) Do you think it will catch on?
I've seen a presentation, but have not used it. I don't know whether it will catch on. It has been there for more than 10 years and is not very popular...yet. But it's already a good training tool for conference interpreters.
Thanks to Andy Gillies you'll find two comprehensive reports on AIIC's facebook page:
I strongly believe that these modalities can co-exist. Those of us who “grew up” with Consec would call it “classic”, rather than old-fashioned. ;)
I’ve been using Sim-consec, providing training for it and talking to developers for a while. I would say I’ve been working with it since the early part of this century. ;) However, just like all change… it takes time. Nevertheless, I think the time for this modality has come, and just as my colleague Martin has mentioned, there is no turning back.
When you think of it, it took a while for Simul to take hold (same for the technology that came along with it). It is no different with this modality and the tools/technology/equipment being used with it.
I started working in Sim-consec with a digital recorder first and have been working with the Smartpen for the past few years. I introduced the latter at MIIS in 2011, and it is indeed a great tool for training. The Sim-consec modality, like all others, has its challenges. These challeges reside in exacting the same level of quality with this new technique as we are accustomed to providing with all others PLUS having a solid foundation in the interpreting “classics” before attempting to work with the new technologies. In other words, do not try this at home folks, unless you’ve put yourself through the paces. :)
The challenges are the same as with anything else in our profession: learning, adapting and educating. The rest, as they say, will be history.
answered 23 Aug '12, 10:05
I have neither used it nor seen it used. It sounds like a great training tool indeed! I wouldn't be surprised if it caught on, even after 10 years, as people increasingly embrace technology to communicate in new ways. I'm thinking about mobile phones featuring Facetime, Skype, and the like.
answered 01 Aug '12, 20:38
I use it, teach it and and trying to work with developers - all since 2005 ish. It works, bringing the accuracy of Sim into the time requirements of Consec. BUT the devil is in the detail. The major obstacle (as, most will recall, with electronic dictionaries) is that people want it described, and remain doubtful. The devil is in the detail of the device(s) used, too, and this is the greatest innovation since the Simultaneous console. The biggest obstacle is a conservative attitude at the highest level of the profession, more prone to modifying the way the client wants their conference than adapting to their needs. As with pcs, soon it will be a matter of "if you don't have it, choose to be left behind". Sorry if this is radical, but if you saw you would see what I mean. And you did ask me for my opinion...
answered 23 Aug '12, 09:00