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Volume 24 Issue 3 (November 2014), Pages 293-432

The imaginary invalid. Conference interpreters and English as a lingua franca (pages 293-311)

The critical attitude of conference interpreters towards English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) has so far been downplayed by ELF researchers. This paper aims at detailing the experience of professional conference interpreters in interpreter‐mediated ELF communication and argues that ELF research has a stake in looking into their complaints because this may produce a better understanding of a number of aspects of mediated and unmediated ELF communication. Interpreter experience may thus contribute to achieving a more comprehensive and balanced description of ELF.

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