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Present? Remote? Remotely present! New technological approaches to remote simultaneous conference interpreting

Klaus Ziegler; Sebastiano Gigliobianco

Since the 1970s, there have been several approaches to test and implement remote interpreting as a complementary interpreting modality in addition to the traditional and proven interpretation on site. The reasons for experimenting with remote interpretation in conference settings are manifold and can generally be classified by economic aspects, availability issues or organizational matters. In this paper, we discuss the preliminary results of a pilot study aimed at exploring how the limitations of remote interpreting described by the literature could be overcome using new technological advances in Information and Communication Technology. We discuss challenges and technological solutions for remote simultaneous conference interpreting from an interdisciplinary perspective and sketch out what the future workspace for conference interpreters might look like.

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