Associate Professor

Gro Hege Saltnes Urdal

Field of work

I teach and conduct research on Norwegian sign language, interpreting and education of interpreters. I am interested in how intersubjectivity /a common understanding is created in an interpreted event, and the relation between the interpreter education, the interpreter profession and the society in general. In the period 2021-2025 I manage the research project DEPICT together with Benjamin Anible. In DEPICT we investigate how depiction is used in signed languages, and in interpreted events, to promote inclusion and communication.

Sign language and interpreting, community interpreting

Courses taught

Signlanguage interpreting

Deafblind interpreting

The process of producing a BA-thesis

Interpreter ethics

Research areas

  • DEPICT - depiction in interpreted situations
  • Deaf students' experience as sign language interpreting students 
  • Deaf interpreters and market
  • Inclusion of deaf children in elementary school
  • Interpreter trainers as agents of change
  • Community and communication on one's own terms

Research groups

Sign Language, Interpreting and Communication

Language and society

Publications

  • Fra bruker til kollega: Hvordan mottas døve tolker i en tjeneste/profesjon de også er brukere av?

    Urdal, Gro Hege Saltnes, Skaten, Ingeborg (2021)
  • Døve tolker - en ressurs som NAV vil ta i bruk?

    Skaten, Ingeborg, Urdal, Gro Hege Saltnes (2021)
  • Hvem er tolken, 2021? En håndverker med språk som verktøy og spesialisert kompetanse

    Skaten, Ingeborg, Urdal, Gro Hege Saltnes (2021)
  • Community building in deprived communicative environments: supporting participation and belonging for children with special communicative needs

    Sudmann, Tobba Therkildsen, Urdal, Gro Hege Saltnes, Breivik, Jan-Kåre (2021)
  • Training deaf and hearing signed language interpreting students together. Exploring the experiences from the interpreter trainers’ perspective

    Tiselius, Elisabet, Urdal, Gro Hege Saltnes (2021)