Sign language: a newcomer to the interpreting forum

Autor/a: KELLETT BIDOLI, Cynthia J.
Año: 2001
Editorial: The Interpreters' Newsletter, nº 11 (2001) pp. 131-151
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Traducción e Interpretación


The vast majority of us perceive language as a form of oral communication, which is taken for granted like the air we breathe. For a minority however, the ability to hear spoken language and use it as a normal means of communication has been lost through deafness, which may have developed gradually through illness or encroaching age, or may never have been acquired because of a congenital condition from birth. Most of us live and work in a spoken-language environment rarely encountering the invisible reality of deafness, which exists in our midst; it is not immediately tangible when one walks down a street. One instantly recognises a Blind person or someone in a wheelchair as having a physical deficiency, but it is impossible to single out the Deaf, unless they are spoken to.