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The headset as an interactional resource in a video relay interpreting (VRI) setting
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. University Health Care Research Center (UFC).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6378-4151
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Interpreting, ISSN 1384-6647, E-ISSN 1569-982X, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 285-308Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Video relay interpreting (VRI) enables communication between a signed language user, remotely connected to an interpreter by videophone, and an interlocutor in spoken contact with the interpreter by telephone. Both users of the service are physically separated from each other and from the interpreter, who is in a studio. Essential technical components of the system include such items as videophones, telephones, computers, software, and a headset. This article explores how the interpreter orients towards the headset, turning it into an interactional resource. Examples of how this is done are identified in extracts from a corpus of VRI conversations between users of Swedish Sign Language (SSL) and spoken Swedish. Ethical approval and all participants' consent were obtained. Three practices were identified: pointing towards the headset, orienting towards it in other ways (positioning, gesturing, direction of gaze), and holding it. All these practices have concrete pragmatic implications for the various steps in communication, such as establishing reference, repairs, and turn allocation. Enhancing VRI interpreters' awareness of how equipment like a headset helps to organize the interaction is important, with a view to ensuring that the available technology is used to best effect for purposes of communication.

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. Vol. 20, no 2, p. 285-308
Keywords [en]
headset, interpreting, signed language, telephone, video relay interpreting
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Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-69480DOI: 10.1075/intp.00013.warISI: 000445693600006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053856118OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-69480DiVA, id: diva2:1254743
Available from: 2018-10-10 Created: 2018-10-10 Last updated: 2018-10-10Bibliographically approved

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