Fidelity to the source message for both spoken language and sign language interpreters has been at the core of our conception of the role of the interpreter. This article presents a selection of research and reflections on the theme of the faithful interpretation in an effort to bring this research to the attention of the practicing interpreter. It includes brief sections on the history of conference interpreting and community interpreting, the professionalization of interpreting, models of the interpreter’s role, consumer expectations of interpreting services, the unique situation of sign language interpreters in regard to transliteration, and the measurements applied to fidelity in interpreting.



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