The role of the interpreter as a cultural mediator: a comparative study between Spanish and Mandarin Chinese speaking 'interpreters' in a business context

Solé-Pike, Catherine (2016) The role of the interpreter as a cultural mediator: a comparative study between Spanish and Mandarin Chinese speaking 'interpreters' in a business context. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Understanding the role of the interpreter as a cultural mediator in a business context can be beneficial to the profession. ‘Interpreters’ face many challenges and difficulties in the course of their duties, and there are some major difficulties that the interpreter must overcome, in order to facilitate language and mediate between two contrasting cultures. This paper considers the interpreter dealing with the language pair Spanish to Chinese. I contend that there is a need for interpreters with this language pair and that there currently very few that specialise in these two languages.
    When faced with individuals from high and low-contexts cultures, the interpreter must have a sound linguistic and cultural understanding of both countries in question. This paper also considers the role of the interpreter from a business perspective, the reasons why there may be fewer individuals working with this language pair, and why there is a need for such individuals across a number of different disciplines. This research consists of qualitative and quantitative questionnaires distributed to professional interpreters around the world. The paper aims to prove or disprove the hypothesis that there are fewer professionals with this particular linguistic pair. It also suggests implementing cultural training in the work place. This is in order to improve cultural understanding in terms of linguistically underlined meaning, which can be especially specific to a culture, such as China’s.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 12:52
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 12:52
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22316

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