Some interlingual communicative challenges for foreign African interpreters in South African courtrooms

Sam Erevbenagie Usadolo, Ernst Kotzé


This study investigates interlingual communicative challenges faced by interpreters in South African courtrooms. Data were collected from the participants in the study by taking a qualitative approach based on the observation of courtroom proceedings, as well as unstructured and structured interviews. The interlingual challenges identified can be linked to factors such as bilingualism, dialect usage, biculturalism and the requirement of sight translation in court. Potential solutions to the problems brought about by these factors form the focal point of this study. Finally, suggestions for further research are made within the limitations of the research framework.


bilingualism, dialect, biculturalism, sight translation, linguistic human rights

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ISSN 2224-3380 (online); 1726-541X (print)

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