Professional Identity Development of Interpreters

Danielle J. Hunt
Department of Interpretation 
Gallaudet University
Washington DC

In the dissertation guiding this presentation, Hunt extends previous studies on language and identity (Gordon, 2013), language-induced identity shifts in second language learners (Johnson, 2007), experiences of hearing, regular education students who have taken ASL courses (Brown, 2013), and the experiences of Korean-English interpreters/translators (Bahk-Halberg, 2007) to a specific group of bilinguals - ASL-English interpreters. Hunt examined the lived experiences of American Sign Language-English interpreters beginning with a questionnaire, followed by autophotography and photo-elicitation interviews, and finally semi-structured interviews for further data collection. Grounded in a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology, Hunt will address two primary research questions: How does a group of ASL-English interpreters experience the development of a sense of self and professional identity? and What are a group of ASL-English interpreters' perceptions of how others react to their presentation of self and professional identity?

Lecturer Bio: Danielle J. Hunt