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date: 13 December 2019

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The professionalization of sign language interpreting and interpreters is still evolving, although the actual work of the interpreter has been occurring for generations. This chapter is about the profession of American Sign Language/English interpreting in the United States and the education required to succeed in that profession. It begins with a chronological summary of the most compelling research in the field, as well as issues that show the field’s beginnings and reflect a vision for the future. The chapter continues with a look at relevant research and the evolution of the task of American Sign Language/English interpreting, the role of interpreters, quality control, the current status of interpreter education, and goals for the future.

Keywords: interactional model, process model, quality control in interpreting, sign language interpreters, sociolinguistic foundation, task analysis, deaf, hard-of-hearing, hearing loss

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