The care and feeding of linguists: the working environment of interpreters, translators and linguists during peacekeeping in Bosnia-Herzegovina


Baker, Catherine (2010) The care and feeding of linguists: the working environment of interpreters, translators and linguists during peacekeeping in Bosnia-Herzegovina. War & Society, 29, (2), 154-175. (doi:10.1179/204243410X12674422128993).

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The history of war and peacekeeping has little to say about languages or the people who work with them, yet a closer inspection shows that contacts between different languages and the presence of an interpreter were a routine experience during the peacekeeping and peace-building operations conducted by the UN and NATO in Bosnia-Herzegovina. This paper shows how political, strategic, tactical and economic pressures affected the working lives of local civilians employed as interpreters/translators/linguists and the soldiers from the multinational force who served as military interpreters. In so doing, it argues that the history of interlingual communication deserves to be included in the history of conflict.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1179/204243410X12674422128993
ISSNs: 0729-2473 (print)
2042-4345 (electronic)
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Keywords: peacekeeping, bosnia-herzegovina, unprofor, ifor, sfor, military contractors
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 141598
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October 2010Published
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 14:30
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:17
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/141598

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