Comprenhension of sign language interpreting: Deciphering a complex task situation

Autor/a: MARSCHARK, Mark; SAPERE, Patricia; CONVERTINO, Carol; SEEWAGEN, Rosemarie; MALTZEN, Heather
Año: 2004
Editorial: Sign Language Studies, Vol. 4, nº 4 (2004) pp. 345‐368
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Traducción e Interpretación


Remarkably few studies have examined the outcomes of sign language interpreting. Three experiments reported here examine deaf students’ comprehension of interpreting in American Sign Language and English-based signing (transliteration) as a function of their sign language skills and preferences. In Experiments 1 and 2, groups of deaf students varying in their sign language skills viewed either an ASL or English-based interpretation of a nontechnical lecture, followed by either a written comprehension test (Experiment 1) or a signed comprehension test (Experiment 2). Experiment 3 involved a more technical (physics) lecture, separate testing of students with greater ASL or English-based sign skills and preferences, and control of students’ prior content knowledge. Results consistently demonstrate that regardless of the deaf students’ reported sign language skills and preferences, they were equally competent in comprehending ASL interpreting and English transliteration, but they gained less knowledge from lectures than hearing peers in comparison groups. The results raise questions about how much deaf students actually learn in interpreted classrooms and the link between their communication preferences and learning.