Arbiters of Meaning: The Hidden Role of the Interpreter in International Qualitative Research

This presentation outlines the findings of a small scale research project charged with exploring the role of the simultaneous translator or interpreter in the international research process, highlighting important differences in how the role is perceived and explores the implications of this on the research process.

Arbiters of Meaning: The Hidden Role of the Interpreter in International Qualitative Research

Peter Totman


As an international research practitioner, the author has always been curious about the position of the interpreter and what they bring to the research process. Often they slip into the room unannounced, ‘perform’ and then slip away again. The contrast between their discrete demeanour and the central role they play in defining the research experience is striking. The author has always made an effort to engage with these people – motivated less by good manners than plain curiosity. Who are...

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