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A Study on the Roles, Status and Identity of the Korean Local Government's Interpreters and Translators

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2018, 19(1), pp.7-31
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2018.19.1.001
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : January 31, 2018
  • Accepted : March 20, 2018
  • Published : March 31, 2018

Kim Hoeran 1 Lee, Jimin 2

1대구광역시청
2계명대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to investigate the roles, status and identity of a Korean local government's interpreters and translators. Their roles were analized based on the job descriptions and the daily log by the researcher, one of the interpreters/tranlators of the Daegu city governemnt. In order to identify their professional status in the institution, their income was compared to that of general local government officials, and their visibility was investigated in terms of textual, paratextual and extratextual visibility. Their identity was defined based on their loyalty and their physical working locations. In-depth interviews with six of the interpreters were conducted and analyzed to triangulate the study. Local government interpreters and translators’ workscope turned out to be beyond interpretation and translation. Their income was relatively high compared to that of other coworkers. Visibility-wise, their textual and paratextual visibility was low whereas extratextual visibility was high. Lastly, their close daily interactions with other general officials and high loyalty toward the city government made them have a very strong identity as a member of local government officials. This study contributes to expanding the horizon of institutional studies on Korean local government interpreters and translators by providing baseline data and in-depth analyses. However, comparative studies with other national and local governments interpreters and translators will be further needed in the future.

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