Activities and Seminars

Alexis Hervais-Adelman, The Neural Basis of Simultaneous Interpretation
Date: May 31, 2012

What: The Neural Basis of Simultaneous Interpretation

Where: BCBL auditorium

Who: Alexis Hervais-Adelman

Where: BCBL Auditorium

When: 12 noon, May 31 “Simultaneous interpretation is a profoundly challenging task, requiring interpreters to process speech in a source language while simultaneously translating into and monitoring production in the target language, respecting phonetic, semantic, syntactic, and prosodic rules of this other language. It depends upon verbal working memory, continuous language switching, executive control, and switching between modalities (hearing and speaking). We carried out a longitudinal investigation into the nerual substrates of simultaneous interpretation, in a group of trainee conference interpreters and matched multi-lingual controls. We used fMRI to initially examine the neural substrates of simultaneous interpretation and then to examine the expertise-related changes that occurred in a group of simultaneous-interpretation trainees over the course of their early professional training. I will discuss results on the neural networks implicated in handling simultaneous multilingual speech and how these change with practice.”