GARCIA adolfo Martin
congresos y reuniones científicas
An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Neuropsychological Assessment of Native Spanish-speakers: Perspectives from Translation Studies
BENDER, HEIDI A. Y GARCÍA, ADOLFO MARTÍN
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (Nueva York)
Conferencia; 28th Annual National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference; 2008
National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
By the 2050, one quarter of the US population will be Hispanic, and 25% of that population will be Spanish-speaking and non-US-born. The neuropsychology community has been increasingly interested in addressing the fundamental lack of available tests appropriate for non-US-born, non-English speakers. In doing so, interdisciplinary research is often necessary in order to ensure the highest standard of care. Given that tests administered to non-US-born, non-English speakers are, more often than not, translated from English into the target language (rather than created from scratch in the patients´ language), translation proves a crucial area of concern for test development. However, insights from translation studies (the discipline in charge of translational theorization) are rarely, if ever, taken into account. Calling for the need to resort to translation studies in the assessment, correction and production of translated Spanish tests, this paper shows how certain concepts from different trends in translation studies (such as structuralism, polysystem theory, and even post-colonial translation studies) may raise awareness of the problems and unfairness of Spanish-language neuropsychological testing.