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Consecutive and liaison interpreting

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garry_kasparov-klaus_bednarz_at_lit_cologne_2007-67841The CI interpreter Patricia Stöcklin renders Klaus Bednarz’s speech to Garry Kasparov.

garry_kasparov-klaus_bednarz_at_lit_cologne_2007-6785The CI interpreter Patricia Stöcklintakes notes Garry Kasparov’s speech.

garry_kasparov-klaus_bednarz_at_lit_cologne_2007-6786The CI interpreter Patricia Stöcklin renders Garry Kasparov’s speech to the audience.

Consecutive interpreting

In consecutive interpreting, the interpreter speaks after the source-language speaker has finished speaking. The speech is divided into segments, and the CI interpreter sits or stands beside the source-language speaker, listening and taking notes as the speaker progresses through the message. When the speaker pauses or finishes speaking, the interpreter then renders the entire message in the target language.

Consecutively-interpreted speeches, or segments of them, tend to be short. Fifty years ago, the CI interpreter would render speeches of 20 or 30 minutes; today, 10 or 15 minutes is considered too long, particularly since audiences don’t like to sit through 20 minutes of speech they cannot understand.

Often, if not previously advised, the source-language speaker is unaware that he or she may speak more than a single sentence before the CI interpretation is rendered and might stop after each sentence to await its target-language rendering. Sometimes, however, depending upon the setting or subject matter, and upon the intepreter’s capacity to memorize, the interpreter may ask the speaker to pause after each sentence or after each clause; sentence-by-sentence interpreting requires less memorization and therefore lower likelyhood for omissions, yet its disadvantage is in the interpreter’s not having heard the entire speech or its gist, and the overall message is sometimes harder to render both because of lack of context and because of interrupted delivery (e.g., imagine a joke told in bits and pieces, with breaks for translation in between). This method is often used in rendering speeches, depositions, recorded statements, court witness testimony, and medical and job interviews, but it is usually best to complete a whole idea before it is interpreted.

Full (i.e., unbroken) consecutive interpreting of whole thoughts allows for the full meaning of the source-language message to be understood before the interpreter renders it in the target language. This affords a truer, more accurate, and more accessible interpretation than does simultaneous interpretation.

Liaison interpreting

Liaison interpreting involves relaying what is spoken to one, between two, or among many people. This can be done after a short speech, or consecutively, sentence-by-sentence, or as chuchotage (whispering); aside from note taken then, no equipment is used.

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