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Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:21

Great Loss to the Interpreting Community

Francesco Straniero Sergio, the Italian leading scholar in TV interpreting, passed away on 18 July 2011. He was 52 and taught Interpreting Theory and Practice as well as simultaneous and consecutive interpreting from Russian into Italian at the Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori (SSLMIT) of the University of Trieste, Italy.

Among his pioneering and seminal publications are:

F. Straniero Sergio (1999) Interpretazione simultanea dal russo in  italiano. Fondamenti teorici e applicazioni pratiche. Ed.  Goliardiche, Trieste.

F. Straniero Sergio (1999) “The interpreter on the (talk) show.  Interaction and participation frameworks”. The Translator.

C.Falbo, M.Russo, F. Straniero Sergio (eds) (1999) Interpretazione  Simultanea e Consecutiva. Problemi Teorici e Metodologie Didattiche.  Milano: Hoepli.

F. Straniero Sergio and D. Katan (2002) "Look who's talking: the  ethics of entertainment and talkshow interpreting". The Translator.

F. Straniero Sergio (2003) “Norms and quality in media interpreting:  the case of formula one press conferences”. The Interpreter’s  Newsletter.

F. Straniero Sergio (2007) "Talkshow interpreting. La mediazione linguistica  nella conversazione-spettacolo". EUT - Edizioni Università di Trieste.

Francesco was the true teacher who does not spare any effort to analyse the complexity of phenomena and to encourage his students to trust their skills and enjoy the profession.

Francesco was the true researcher who like a child rejoices at his discoveries and at the pleasure of sharing them.

Francesco had a brilliant mind, but also a great heart. He did voluntary work for the homeless of Trieste.

For those of you who knew Francesco and wish to honour his memory with a donation to the organization he collaborated with “Comunità di  San Martino al Campo” ( here are the details:

bank account: Comunità di San Martino al Campo

IBAN: IT 28Y 02008 02230 000005601740.

On behalf of:
Prof. Mariachiara Russo
Presidente del Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Interpretazione
Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Corso della Repubblica 136
47100 Forlì (Italia)
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