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Suggestions for Expanding the Use of the Case Study Method in the Field of Interpreting Studies in Korea

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2018, 19(2), pp.203-232
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2018.19.2.008
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : May 13, 2018
  • Accepted : June 15, 2018
  • Published : June 30, 2018

Jong-Hwa Won 1

1중앙대학교

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ABSTRACT

A case study refers to a research method which involves detailed, in-depth investigation of a specific situation or personal experience. What matters most in a case study is that the case should be understood and analyzed in the context in which it exists. The case study can be a suitable research method for delving into various subjects related to interpreting. This is because interpreting is a lingual performance that takes place under specific contextual conditions, and is affected by cultural, social, and psychological factors. Unlike experiments which emphasize control of many variables, a case study allows holistic analysis of all the factors involved in the case. This paper aims to investigate how researchers in Korea have approached subjects related to interpreting using the case study method, and to suggest ways to expand the utilization of case studies in this field. To this end, this author has collected all the case studies dealing with interpreting from Korea's major T&I academic journals published from 1997 to 2017, and analyzed 19 collected papers against such criteria as the research questions, types of case study and the strategies the authors employed in order to ensure academic rigor of the paper. After that, the author makes suggestions about how the case study method might be put to wider and better use in the study of interpreting.

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