Thursday, November 4th, 2010
The WA conference organising committee of Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is excited to be hosting the Institute's biennial conference in Fremantle this weekend.

Plenary speakers include Paul Frommer, creator of the language of the people on Avatar from the hit movie of the same name. Also award-winning and local Vietnam veteran Frank Palmos, who translated and edited “The Sorrow of War” into English from Vietnamese will speak on his art.

The diversity of the speakers is as broad as the continents from which they have come. Presenters are arriving from South Africa, China, Germany, Austria, USA and New Zealand. They will meet interpreters of the languages spoken in the Kimberley and other experts in the translation and interpreting field Australia wide.

This conference has four main themes said Ms Sam Berner, President of AUSIT.

Bridging cultures discusses translations of creative poetry, nonfiction writing and alien languages.

Teaching and living as a Translator and/or Interpreter is a more practical series of sessions covering ethics, teaching resources and the health impacts of working in this challenging profession.

Working as a translator raises hands-on issues with examples from Asia and Africa as well as addressing the latest technological developments.

The fourth theme focuses on interpreting in Aboriginal communities, legal and health settings.

The venue, like the conference, promises to be state of the art. Tannock Hall, a brand new building of Notre Dame University in Fremantle's West End, has just been officially opened the day before.

Spokesperson from AUSIT and Paul Frommer, Creator of the language for Avatar will be available for interviews on Friday. Please call Tea Dietterich on 0417 983 076 to arrange a time. Still photographs from the movie Avatar will be available on request.

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Foreign Language Experts Converge on Fremantle this Friday

The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is the national association for the translating and interpreting profession. It was founded in 1987, bringing together existing local associations and specialist groups and now has branches in each State and Territory.

AUSIT is a fully independent association, incorporated in the ACT, with an Australia­-wide membership that continues to grow steadily. Members of AUSIT are mainly practising translators and interpreters, but those interested in the support and development of the profession are encouraged to join as well.

With its aim of promoting the highest standards in the profession, AUSIT serves as a meeting place for all those who understand the importance of translation and interpreting to the economy and society, particularly with a globalised economy and the growth of worldwide communications.
AUSIT is a primary source of information on these services to government, industry, the media and the general public.

The AUSIT Code of Ethics is recognised as setting standards for the profession.
Ms Tea Dietterich
P: 0417 983 076
M: 0417 983 076


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