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Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED), Research focus: Multilingual communication, Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW)

Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED), Research focus: Multilingual communication, Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW)
IUED Institute of Translation and Interpreting
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
School of Applied Linguistics
Theaterstrasse 15c
Postfach
CH-8401 Winterthur
T: +41 (0)58 934 60 60
contact:
Professor Urs Willi, urs.willi@zhaw.ch
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The Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED) developed from the former Dolmetscherschule Zürich or DOZ (Zurich Interpreters’ School). Research carried out by the IUED lies at the intersection between translation – understood as language mediation in a broad sense, including both interlingual and intralingual dimensions in their various modalities – and specific fields of application, again in a broad sense, of multilingual communication, i.e. in the working world. Translation studies research at the IUED includes related fields, such as intercultural and multilingual communication, second-language competence, language technology, terminology and technical communication. The IUED works within paradigms of Applied Linguistics. Applied Linguistics is understood as transdisciplinarily oriented linguistics, concerned with both a theoretical and practical focus on real world problems. It identifies, analyses and solves problems, on the one hand through the application of linguistic theories, methods and results, and on the other through the development of new theoretical and methodological approaches.

Research areas

  • Translation Studies
  • Interpreting Studies
  • Multilingual Communication
  • Applied Discourse Studies
  • Language Technology
  • Technical Communication
  • Research at the IUED is basically concerned with application or applicability, but it also develops theoretical foundations where these are lacking. One main aim of the research is the transfer of theoretical knowledge to practice. Research results are thus used both in teaching and in problem-solving in projects with partners outside the university. This focus allows the IUED to work together with both other European universities and business partners.

Keywords

Translation, Interpreting, Language mediation, Second-language acquisition, Language acquisition, Discourse, Language for specific purposes (LSP), Terminology, Technical communication, Language technology