Interpreting of oral translations has existed since early times. Some studies hint that it even existed in ancient Egypt. But we know from documented sources that interpreting services were used extensively during exploration and invasion campaigns. For example, it was used by Spaniards when they arrived in Central and South America.
Interpretation is oral translation of oral communication, as opposed to sight translation, which is oral translation of written texts. Few specialized fields in professional interpreting are business interpreting, court interpreting, community interpreting and signed language interpreting.
Before World War I, French was considered as the international language and was used in all international meetings. However during World War I, many highly ranked British and American negotiators didn’t speak French, which led to the birth of Conference Interpreting. After the Nuremberg trials of 1945 and 1946, and subsequent Tokyo trials of 1946 and 1948, Conference interpreting became popular and much more widespread.
Modes and performance level are the major defining factors which distinguish conference interpreting from other forms of interpreting. Conference interpreting can follow either of the two modes i.e. consecutive or simultaneous translation and has very high performance level.
Most conference interpreters classify the languages in which they work into the following three main categories:
Consecutive interpreting requires collaboration between the speaker and the consecutive interpreter. It begins with the interpreter listening to few minutes of a speech segment, taking notes and then delivering that segment into the target language. Once the first segment is complete, speaker resumes and completes the second segment after which the whole process is repeated, right until the end of the speech.
On the other hand a simultaneous interpreter translates the speaker’s speech from source language to target language almost instantaneously through a microphone, while listening to the speech simultaneously. A simultaneous interpreter would sit in an interpreting booth, listen to the speaker through a headset and interpret or translate what they hear directly into the microphone, which is then directed towards the delegates in conference room, who also use a headset to listen to translated version of speech. Simultaneous interpreting is also used by signed language interpreters, which is used to translate or interpret for the deaf people.
Whispered interpreting is a form of simultaneous interpreting in which the interpreter sits in the conference room, next to the delegate or delegates, who need the interpreting or translations. Whispered interpreter first listens to the speech and then interprets the speech simultaneously and whisper it into the ears of delegate or delegates. Whispered interpreting can only be used for very few delegates sitting or standing together and is often used in bilateral meetings.
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