Christopher Stone

Deafness Cognition And Language Research Centre

49 Gordon Square

 Having trained as a BSL/English interpreter at the Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol 1995-1997, Dr. Stone worked as an interpreter and interpreter trainer primarily based in the UK with some work in Uganda and Finland. He then returned to Bristol for his PhD where he researched Deaf professionals working within the television news rendering English into British Sign Language with Rachel Sutton-Spence as his supervisor. In 2009 he was published by Gallaudet University Press.

As the interpreter co-ordinator of DCAL, his responsibilities include managing interpreters and interpreting in the centre, negotiating the contract on behalf of our staff in receipt of AtW and ensuring access for visitors between our staff. Dr. Stone has also coordinated conference and workshop interpreting on DCAL staff’s behalf of teams of interpreters from a variety of countries to ensure optimum communication access for all participants.

Ongoing Research

 Within DCAL Dr. Stone's post-doctoral research is focused within the Deaf Individual and the Community Strand undertaking: a longitudinal study examining predictors for sign language learning and sign language interpreter aptitude. This looks at second language acquisition in a new modality (manual gestural as opposed to oral gestural) as well as cognitive predictors for learning and functioning as a sign language interpreter. He has also explored (with Robert Adam and Dr Breda Carty) Deaf people working as translators and interpreters within the Deaf community and at the institutional interface.

Research intern: Riccardo Ferracuti

Recent publications (since 2008)


  • Stone, C. (2012). The UNCRPD and ‘professional’ sign language interpreter provision. In Schaeffner, C. (Ed.). Critical Link 6 conference proceedings, 26-30 July, 2010, Aston, UK ( ). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Submitted]


  • Stone, C., McLean, D., Dickinson, J. (Eds.) (2011). Developing the Interpreters, Developing the Profession, ASLI 2010 conference proceedings. Coleford, Gloucestershire: Douglas McLean Publishing. Publisher URL [Submitted]
  • Stone, C., Adam, R. (Eds.) (2011). Synergy - Moving forward together: efsli conference proceedings 2010. Netherlands:
  • Stone, C. (2011). Register, discourse and genre in British Sign Language (BSL). In Roy, C. (Ed.). Discourse in signed languages ( Vol. 17 ). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. Publisher URL
  • Stone, C., Adam, R. (2011). Through a historical lens: contextualizing interpreting research. In Nicodemus, B., Swabey, L. (Eds.). Advances in Interpreting Research: Inquiry in action ( Vol. 99 pp.225-240). John Benjamins. Publisher URL
  • Stone, C., Adam, R., Carty, B. (2011). Ghostwriting: Deaf translators within the Deaf community. BABEL 57, 1-19 Amsterdam: doi:10.1075/babel.57.3.00ada. Publisher URL
  • Stone, C., Walker, J., Parsons, P. (2011). Professional recognition for Deaf interpreters in the UK. In McLean, D., Dickinson, J., Stone, C. (Eds.). Developing the Interpreters, Developing the Profession, ASLI 2010 conference proceedings ( pp.55-63). Coleford, Gloucestershire: Douglas McLean Publishing. Publisher URL [Submitted]


  • Stone, C. (2010). Access all areas - sign language interpreting, is it that special? Journal of Specialised Translation (14), 41-54 Publisher URL
  • Stone, C. (2010). Sign language and interpretation. In Stone, J. H., Blouin, M. (Eds.). International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation ( ). US: Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) 515 Kimball Tower University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Buffalo, NY 14214. Author URL Publisher URL
  • Stone, C., Edwards, J. (2010). Protection for the interpreter: the role of professional and registration bodies. Public confidence and professional standards. In EVTÜ, (Ed.). efsli 2009 conference proceedings: Sound mind in sound hands. ( ). Talinn, Estonia: Ortwil.
  • Stone, C., Woll, B. (2010). Deaf people, interpreters, and the London Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. British Deaf News (May) London: Publisher URL


  • Adam, R., Stone, C. (2009). Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, sign language research and sign language interpreters. WFD News (May 2009), 16-17
  • Stone, C. (2009). BBC See Hear, The real life of interpreters.
  • Stone, C. (2009). Towards a Deaf Translation Norm. (6). Washington D.C.: Gallaudet University Press. Publisher URL


  • Stone, C. (2008). BBC See Hear, Interpreter Special.
  • Stone, C. (2008). Whose interpreter is she any? In Interpreters, W. A. O. S. L. (Ed.). Diversity and community in the worldwide sign language interpreting profession ( pp.75-88). Coleford, Gloucestershire: Douglas McLean Publishing. Publisher URL
  • Stone, C., Adam, R., Carty, B. (2008). Deaf translators from within the Deaf community. British Deaf News , 16-17
  • Stone, C., Woll, B. (2008). Dumb O Jemmy and others: deaf people, interpreters and the London courts in the 18th and 19th centuries. Sign Language Studies 8(3), 226-240
  • Woll, B., Stone, C. (2008). Interpreting at the Old Bailey. Deaf History Journal 12(1), 8-17 Author URL 

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