The Meeting and the Participants
Social interaction is both composed of and composed by the interactants, their roles, their expectations, and their obligations within a social situation. Within interpreted events, getting to know the participants, their perspectives, and their reflections of what occurred is a luxury we do not have in real time. Not much has been written about the views or perspectives of the three people as they enter or emerge from an interpreted event. This chapter offers the opportunity to meet the three participants, to read their views about interpreters, to learn their goals within the event, and their reflections on being involved. This chapter sets the scene by describing the physical setting and an overview of the meeting. From this point on, I refer to the participants by their role titles as their names because it is their enactment, their assumptions and expectations, and their perceptions of their respective roles that are significant in understanding their words and actions. So, I introduce the Professor, the Student, and the Interpreter and allow their perspectives to come forth in their own words. In this way, they add to the definition, description, and understanding of the event we call interpreting.
The three participants met on a fall morning thirty minutes before a scheduled class at the university. They met in the Professor's crowded office which was filled with bookshelves, filing cabinets, a desk, and two