Mind Tricks – 2014



Our brain is the limit. Cognitive processes in Sign Language Interpreting.


The Flemish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (BVGT) is proud to host the AGM and conference of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli) in Antwerp from 12th to 14th September 2014. The theme of the conference is Mind Tricks’. Our brain is the limit. Cognitive processes in Sign Language Interpreting.


Sometimes an interpreter might feel that the sky is the limit. However, in reality we are no better than what our brain allows us to (simultaneously) process and produce during an interpreting task. As we all know and experience every day, it is a very complex task involving a variety of cognitive processes. Researchers have looked into how humans (i.e. conference interpreters) can guide and control these simultaneous cognitive processes within a limited time without any seemingly significant effort. Nonetheless, all interpreters have experienced that the mind plays tricks on us, sometimes causing a short-circuit in the wiring of our brains.

The efsli 2014 conference provides an opportunity to bring together research findings and good practices on the cognitive processes that occur during simultaneous (sign language) interpreting. We hereby call on different scholars to enlighten us on the interpreting process and cognitive challenges interpreters face. Having a clear understanding of the cognitive processes during interpreting will offer interpreters tools to become even better professionals.



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