Greener Journal of Social Sciences

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Matu et al

Greener Journal of  Social Sciences Vol. 2 (4), pp. 121-126, October 2012

  ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 08091239


The Court Interpreters’ Role Perception: The Case of English-Dholuo Interpreters in Subordinate Courts in Nyanza Province,Kenya


1Peter M. Matu*, 2Kenneth Odhiambo, 2Yakub Adams and 2David Ongarora


1Department of Languages and Communication Studies, The Kenya Polytechnic University College,

2Department of Linguistics Maseno University, Kenya.


*Corresponding Author Email: Mainamatu@ yahoo. com


The objective of this paper is to discuss the perception of court interpreters towards their role in courtroom communication. The paper is based on the premise that court interpreters are influenced by certain roles which they have to adhere to. Based on the concepts of these roles, this paper evaluates the perception of the interpreters in terms of accuracy, omissions, interruptions and impartiality when negotiating between Dholuo and English languages. The paper shows that the interpreters have almost similar perception about their roles.

Key words: perception, accuracy, omission, interruption, impartiality

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