Academic journal article Cognitie, Creier, Comportament

Editorial

Academic journal article Cognitie, Creier, Comportament

Editorial

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Perhaps the regular reader of CBB Journal might get puzzled by the topic chosen for this issue. Let us dissipate any ambiguity or misunderstanding from the very beginning. Interpreting is understood here mainly as conference interpreting - a highly demanding intellectual activity consisting of the simultaneous oral translation of a speech heard in a foreign language into the interpreter's mother tongue. The keyword definitely being interdisciplinarity, our purpose is to provide some illustration of the complex activity that interpreting is.

Daniel Gile, one of the pioneers in researching mental processes during conference interpreting rightfully points out that: «Interpreting as an object of scientific investigation combines the complexity of language comprehension and production with that of human behavior, which, in our case, is determined by many factors and is constrained by highly diverse environments. It follows that before major conclusions about interpreting are drawn from research, a very large number of situations, variables and interactions must be studied, probably more so than in many other fields of human behavior.» (Gile 2001, http://www.aiic.net/ViewPage.cfm/article229.htm)

Our enterprise hereafter is rather one of awareness rising on this wide terrain of study that might draw now the attention of psychologists adding to the efforts of linguists and professionals. …

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