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

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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.

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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), pp. 154-175. (doi:10.1179/204243410X12674422128993).

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Published date: October 2010
Keywords: peacekeeping, bosnia-herzegovina, unprofor, ifor, sfor, military contractors

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Local EPrints ID: 141598
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/141598
ISSN: 0729-2473
PURE UUID: 30e6d705-e68c-4aed-8320-79a9adfc04c8

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Date deposited: 30 Mar 2010 14:30
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:13

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Author: Catherine Baker

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