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The (un-) ethical interpreting researcher: ethics, voice and discretionary power in interpreting research
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies. Wester Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2285-6729
2019 (English)In: Perspectives: studies in translatology, ISSN 0907-676X, E-ISSN 1747-6623, Vol. 27, no 5, p. 747-760Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses different aspects of research ethics, the researcher’s voice and discretionary power in interpreting studies. Research ethics is laid down in international conventions, which in turn are reflected in national regulations and ethical vetting. Discretionary power is understood as the leeway for making conscientious decisions within the rules and regulations governing a certain field. Although research ethics in interpreting has as yet received little scholarly attention, it is important that the field discusses aspects such as informed consent and the collection, analysis and reporting of data. This article uses three case studies to discuss how researchers can handle such ethical issues. Interpreting researchers often are or have been active interpreters, and this is yet another potential challenge for the field. Such duality potentially means that the researcher needs to navigate two ethical systems, that of the interpreter and that of the researcher – systems that may come into conflict with each other. It may also entail the risk of the researcher’s voice taking over the participants’ narrative.

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2019. Vol. 27, no 5, p. 747-760
Keywords [en]
Research ethics, discretionary power, voice, interpreting research, interpreting
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Translation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166955DOI: 10.1080/0907676X.2018.1544263ISI: 000482308700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166955DiVA, id: diva2:1295072
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The invisible process - Cognition and working memory of dialogue interpreting
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Swedish Research Council, VR 2016-01118Available from: 2019-03-10 Created: 2019-03-10 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved

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