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Transnational Migrations, Pentecostalism, and the Challenges of Bilingual Interpreters

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The flow of Anglophone preachers towards Francophone countries created the need for more interpreters in Pentecostal churches. This study examines the contributions of interpreters to the global Pentecostal identity between two West African countries, Nigeria and Niger Republic. The attempt by interpreters in these two countries to adapt to the realities of global migration and the various transnational social ties maintained between Anglophone and Francophone West African Pentecostals bring about socio-cultural challenges faced by these interpreters. The case study approach was adopted. Data were collected through oral interviews, focus group discussions, transcribed sermons, and questionnaires.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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