In search of an interpreting research methodology for Africa
The successful performance of many interpreting professionals can be acquired with formal instruction without any reference to formal research. Without any theoretical sessions much can be gained from the practiceoriented instruction by experienced interpreters whom one can regard as masters of the craft. However, research and science are part and parcel of the discipline and status of the interpreting profession. With few exceptions, interpreting research has for many years focused on the cognitive processes of what is happening when one is interpreting (Gile, 1995; Gerver, 1996; Moser-Mecer, 2002). Apart from this research that has been going in the international arena, interpreting in Africa as a profession and as a research discipline is still in its formative years. This article investigates the potential of developing research into interpreting studies for the African context which necessitates its own research options, priorities and methodology. © 2011 Copyright NISC (Pty) Ltd.