ERIC Number: ED150870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Linguistic Abilities in Translators and Interpreters.
Carroll, John B.
The purpose of this paper is to review research in the general area of linguistic abilities that might have relevance to the selection and training of translators and interpreters. An important issue to be addressed is what is the criterion of success, that is, how can success in translation and interpretation be measured? The procedures used in examining candidates for study at the Georgetown University Division of Interpretation and Translation are described in an attempt to arrive at criteria. The directors of this training program suggest that there would be differences among candidates, even if well qualified in linguistic knowledge, in amenability to, and success in, training. This paper offers speculations on what the dimensions of these differences might be, based on the considerable amount of research that is now available about verbal abilities and other traits that might have relevance to performance in foreign language translation and interpretation. (Author/CFM)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Communicative Competence (Languages), Evaluation Criteria, Individual Characteristics, Intelligence, Interpreters, Language Ability, Language Fluency, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Linguistic Competence, Linguistic Performance, Literature Reviews, Performance Factors, Professional Training, Success, Translation, Verbal Ability, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the NATO symposium on "Language Interpretation and Communication" (Venice, Italy, Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 1977)