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Author Kelly, Michael, 1946-

Title Interpreting the peace : peace operations, conflict and language in Bosnia-Herzegovina / Michael Kelly, Catherine Baker
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource
Series Palgrave studies in languages at war
Palgrave studies in languages at war.
Contents Serving in a Foreign Field -- The Multiple Roles of Military Interpreters -- Language Support on the Ground under UNPROFOR -- Improving Language Support -- Foreign/Local Encounters in Interpreting -- Nationality, Ethnicity and Trust -- Peacebuilding in a Multilingual World -- Conclusion
Summary "Interpreting the Peace" is the first full-length study of language support in multinational peace operations. Building peace depends on being able to communicate with belligerents, civilians and forces from other countries. This depends on effective and reliable mediation between languages. Yet language is frequently taken for granted in the planning and conduct of peace operations. Looking in detail at 1990s Bosnia-Herzegovina, this book shows how the UN and NATO forces addressed these issues and asks what can be learned from the experience. Drawing on more than fifty interviews with military personnel, civilian linguists and locally-recruited interpreters, the book explores problems such as the contested roles of military linguists, the challenges of improving a language service in the field, and the function of nationality and ethnicity in producing trust or mistrust. It will be of interest to readers in contemporary history, security studies, translation studies and sociolinguistics, and to practitioners working in translation and interpreting for military services and international organizations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Languages in contact -- Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Peacekeeping forces -- Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Translating and interpreting -- Bosnia and Herzegovina.
War and society -- Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Form Electronic book
Author Baker, Catherine, 1982-
ISBN 1137029846 (electronic bk.)
1283946688 (MyiLibrary)
9781137029843 (electronic bk.)
9781283946681 (MyiLibrary)