In recent decades the explosive growth of globalization and regional integration has fuelled parallel growth in multilingual conferences. Although conference interpreting has come of age as a profession, interpreter training programs have had varied success, pointing to the need for an instructional manual which covers the subject comprehensively. This book seeks to fill that need by providing a structured syllabus and an overview of interpretation accompanied by exercises in various aspects of the art. It is meant to serve as a practical guide for interpreters and as a complement to interpreter training programs in the classroom and online, particularly those for students preparing for conference interpreting in international governmental and business settings. This expanded second edition includes additional exercises and provides direct links to a variety of web-based resources and practice speeches, also including additional language combinations.
James Nolan, a senior United Nations linguist, has served as Deputy Director of the UN Interpretation, Meetings and Publishing Division, Head of Linguistic and Conference Services of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and head of the UN Verbatim Reporting Service. A graduate of the University of Geneva School of Translation and Interpretation and of New York Law School, Mr. Nolan has over 25 years' experience of interpretation and translation, which he has taught at New York University, the University of the Witwatersrand, and other institutions.
Preface to the Second Edition Introduction: Frequently Asked Questions 1. Speaking 2. Preparation/Anticipating the Speaker 3. Complex Syntax/Compression 4. Word Order/Clusters 5. General Adverbial Clauses 6. Untranslatability 7. Figures of Speech 8. Argumentation 9. Diction/Register 10. Formal Style 11. A Policy Address 12. Quotations/Allusions/Transposition 13. Political Discourse 14. Economic Discourse 15. Humor 16. Latinisms 17. Numbers 18. Note-taking Annex I - Additional Reformulation Strategies Annex II - Memory Drill Annex III - Patterns in Speech Annex IV - Political Discourse, Additional Exercise