Reading Between the Signs: Intercultural Communication for Sign Language Interpreters

Anna Mindess (Author)
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"A must-read! An enlightening book ... a defining document in the literature of Deaf culture." - Linda Bove, Certified Deaf Interpreter, Actress, ConsultantIn Reading Between the Signs, Anna Mindess provides a perspective on a culture that is not widely understood-American Deaf culture. With the collaboration of three distinguished Deaf consultants, Mindess explores the implications of cultural differences at the intersection of the Deaf and hearing worlds.

Used in sign language interpreter training programs worldwide, Reading Between the Signs is a resource for students, working interpreters and other professionals. This important new edition retains practical techniques that enable interpreters to effectively communicate their clients' intent, while its timely discussion of the interpreter's role is broadened in a cultural context.


New chapter explores the changing landscape of the interpreting field and discusses the concepts of Deafhood and Deaf heart.
This examination of using Deaf interpreters pays respect to the profession, details techniques and shows the benefits of collaboration.

Product Details

Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publish Date
October 14, 2014
6.0 X 0.9 X 9.0 inches | 1.06 pounds
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About the Author

Anna Mindess has worked as a sign language interpreter in business, legal, educational, medical, video relay and performing arts settings for more than thirty years. A noted author, educator, consultant and trainer, she has presented lectures and workshops on cultural issues across the U.S. and internationally. She is co-creator, with Thomas K. Holcomb, of two DVDs: See What I Mean and A Sign of Respect.


A must-read! An enlightening book . . . a defining document in the literature of Deaf culture.--Eileen Forestal, Professor, ASL Studies / Interpreting Training, Union County College
A dazzling application of the tools of intercultural communication that illuminates Deaf and hearing cultures and their differences . . . This is a book for everyone interested in Deaf culture.--Harlan Lane, Author of The Mask of Benevolence
Reading Between the Signs, Third Edition, adds a terrific new chapter about Deaf heart and the tradition of Deaf interpreters, and includes the reflections of several Deaf interpreters on their experiences working with Deaf consumers, detailing ways we utilize cultural adjustments for more effective communication.
Essential reading for anyone working with Deaf people or seeking a greater understanding of communication between Deaf and hearing culture.--Ai-Media