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Hello, I am interested in finding studies and articles concerning the importance of conference interpretation and mother tongue and why interpreting rely mainly on the mother tongue as an A language, describing the reasons of the conditions of the AIIC.

asked 17 Nov '12, 04:45

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edited 17 Nov '12, 06:01

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An interpreter needs to be able to express himself in different registers with elegance, ease and accuracy. That's why AIIC privileges working into the mother tongue.

I recommend these articles and will quote some paragraphs:

Learning your ABCs. The Interpreter's languages (The Interpreter Diaries, M. Hof)

"As an interpreter, you need to be able to express yourself well in many different registers and have access to a broad active vocabulary covering different fields."

Mais qui sont donc les interprètes? (Christopher Thiéry)

"J'ai cependant pu faire une constatation : hormis les lacunes linguistiques, la cause d'échec la plus fréquente est l'absence de précision dans l'expression de la pensée, l'incapacité de dire exactement ce que l'on a envie de dire, et ce dans sa langue maternelle. Ce n'est pas une question de connaissances linguistiques, mais bien d'attitude d'esprit. Il me semble que le souci d'utiliser avec précision ce merveilleux outil qu’est la langue parlée, tel un couteau bien aiguisé, et de ne pas se contenter de l'à-peu-près, est sans doute la principale caractéristique que l'on trouve chez tous les bons interprètes."

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answered 17 Nov '12, 06:36

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edited 17 Nov '12, 08:04

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