Working with Australian Defence Force Intrepreters in Timor 1999 and Aceh 2005: Reflections Drawn from Personal Experience

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Grant, Matt. 2020. "Working with Australian Defence Force Intrepreters in Timor 1999 and Aceh 2005: Reflections Drawn from Personal Experience." Laugesen, Amanda and Gehrmann, Richard (ed.) Communication, Interpreting and Language in Wartime: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 207-221
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Working with Australian Defence Force Intrepreters in Timor 1999 and Aceh 2005: Reflections Drawn from Personal Experience

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleCommunication, Interpreting and Language in Wartime: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Authors
AuthorGrant, Matt
EditorsLaugesen, Amanda and Gehrmann, Richard
Page Range207-221
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Languages at war
Chapter Number10
Number of Pages15
Year2020
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030270360
9783030270377
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27037-7_10
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-27037-7_10
Abstract

Working with language specialists offers unique challenges and opportunities. This chapter focuses on the author’s experience in working remotely with interpreters on Australian Defence Force deployments during military operations. This was particularly significant during the peacekeeping campaign in East Timor in 1999 and the humanitarian aid relief provided in Indonesia following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005. The need to be flexible and to adapt to differing levels of language support is made apparent in these two case studies, where contributions made by various specialists in these high- tempo environments are examined.

KeywordsBanda Aceh; East Timor; Timor-Leste; International Force East Timor (INTERFET); Boxing Day Tsunami; Indian Ocean Tsunami; Australian Defence Force (ADF)
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470202. Asian cultural studies
470199. Communication and media studies not elsewhere classified
440701. Communications and media policy
470212. Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
440804. Defence studies
470101. Communication studies
470312. Indonesian languages
479999. Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
470299. Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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