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Interpreter versus Translator

Teresa Signorelli, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

April 3, 2013

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Is there a difference between an interpreter and a translator, or are the terms used interchangeably? 

 

   

Answer

No, they are not interchangeable.  An interpreter is someone who is using oral language and is actively talking from language A to language B.  A translator is someone who works in a written medium.  They are either writing or typing.

Teresa M. Signorelli, PhD, CCC-SLP is a bilingual-certified speech-language pathologist. She is the Director of the Communication and Learning Center and the Neurodevelopment and Rehabilitation Laboratory at Marymount Manhattan College. Her clinical work and research has focused on multilingualism across the age span. 


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Teresa Signorelli, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Teresa M. Signorelli, PhD, CCC-SLP is a bilingual-certified speech-language pathologist. She is the Director of the Communication and Learning Center and the Neurodevelopment and Rehabilitation Laboratory at Marymount Manhattan College. Her clinical work and research has focused on multilingualism across the age span. She recently edited and contributed two articles to a Special Series in Cognitive Processes in Simultaneous Interpreters for the International Journal of Bilingualism.


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