Date of Award

Spring 3-24-2017

Exit Requirement

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Elisa Maroney

Committee Member

Erin Trine

Committee Member

Amanda Smith

Abstract

The aim of this research is to explore the research question: What is the general profile of the Puerto Rican signed language interpreter? The purpose of this study was to identify the overall characteristics of the Puerto Rican signed language interpreter, including the demographics, their training in interpreting, and their work settings, experiences, needs, and challenges. This study used a mixed methods approach; the data was collected from a survey and three interviews. According to the data, the signed language interpreting field in Puerto Rico is behind compared to the field in the United States, due to lack of research and limited educational opportunities for continuing education. The data revealed that the signed language interpreting field in Puerto Rico is still young; it is dominated by females and a majority of interpreters work in educational and VRS settings. Most Puerto Rican signed language interpreters feel that they need more educational support.

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