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13 - An Aptitude Model for Translating and Interpreting

Insights from Translanguaging Theory

from Part III - Innovative Perspectives and Paradigms

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 May 2023

Zhisheng (Edward) Wen
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Peter Skehan
Institute of Education, University of London
Richard L. Sparks
Mount St Joseph University
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Drawing on recent developments from translanguaging theory, we argue in this chapter that translating and interpreting are by default translanguaging practices of meaning-making, during which process multilayered “translanguaging spaces” are being constantly and accumulatively created by dynamic interactional “moments” (Li, 2011) between the translator/interpreter and the external environment within the broader social–cultural contexts. These emerging insights from the key tenets of the translanguaging lens give rise to the construction of a unified theory of translating and interpreting aptitude consisting of a Macro level, Meso level, and Micro level (i.e., the 3M model), each level subsuming multiple interplaying elements interacting dynamically to generate multilayered translanguaging spaces of meaning-making.

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Print publication year: 2023

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