Senior Research and Teaching Assistant

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Cornelia GRIEBEL’s research focuses on legal translation, comprehensibility and plain language in administrative and institutional communication as well as on cognitive processes in legal translation. She holds a translation degree and a PhD in Translation Studies from the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies (FTSK) of the University of Mainz (Germany). From 2014 to 2020 she was a senior lecturer (maître-assistante) at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) of the University of Geneva. Since September 2020 she is a senior research fellow in the project “Intercepting with Interpreters” led by Prof. Nadja Capus at the Faculty of Law of the University of Neuchâtel and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). As part of this project, she researches the role of translators in interception for criminal investigations in Switzerland.

Cornelia GRIEBEL teaches legal and economic translation on postgraduate level at the FTI and at the FTSK of the University of Mainz. Before concentrating on research in translation studies, she worked as a freelance translator for over 20 years with clients from both the public and private sectors in Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Belgium (including different bodies of the European Union).

Working languages: German, French, Italian, English.


(Forthcoming) With FELICI, Annarita. „Inhalt des Originalsatzes unklar…“ Verständlichkeit und Vereinfachung von Schweizer Verwaltungstexten: Eine empirische Untersuchung im Kontext der Mehrsprachigkeit. Parallèles. Special issue (Legal language and legal translation: Past and present). 33(1).

(2020) “Article 1103: oh pff... yes – then concerns... the… um… unilateral contract...” What do hesitation and repair markers tell us about text reception patterns of translators and lawyers? Translation, Cognition & Behaviour. 3(1): 51-75. DOI 10.1075/tcb.00034.gri.

(2019) With FELICI, Annarita. The challenge of multilingual ‘plain language’ in translation-mediated Swiss administrative communication: A preliminary comparative analysis of insurance leaflets. Corpus-Based Research in Legal and Institutional Translation. Special issue of Translation Spaces. 8(1): 167-191. DOI 10.1075/ts.00017.fel.

(2019) Triangulierst du noch oder mixt du schon? Mixed Methods in der Translationswissenschaft. In: Heike Elisabeth JÜNGST, Lisa LINK, Klaus SCHUBERT, and Christiane ZEHRER, eds. Challenging Boundaries of Translation Studies. TransÜD. Berlin: Frank und Timme, 159-176.

(2019) Rechtstexte unter der Lupe: Lesen Übersetzer anders als Juristen? Eine empirische Untersuchung der Rezeption von Textstrukturmarkern in der institutionalisierten Textsorte des französischen Kassationsgerichtsurteils. In: Ingrid SIMONNÆS and Marita KRISTIANSEN, eds. Legal translation. Current Issues and Challenges in Research, Methods and Applications. Forum Fachsprachenforschung. Berlin: Frank und Timme, 221-242.

(2018) Hallo, Doktor…! Der Weg (zurück) in die Wissenschaft mit der virtuellen Weiterbildung ReMeTIS. MDÜ. Fachzeitschrift für Dolmetscher und Übersetzer. 2018(4).

(2018) With FELICI, Annarita. La communication administrative dans le contexte plurilingue de la Suisse : Une analyse préliminaire de l’accessibilité linguistique des mémentos de l’AVS et AI. In: Proceedings of the Second Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication, Geneva, 9th to 10th November 2018. Visited 14 January 2019,

(2017) Fuzzy concepts in translators’ minds: A cognitive-translational approach to tackling the difficulties of legal translation. Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts. 3(1): 97–113. DOI: 10.1075/ttmc.3.1.07gri.

(2016) Textes et discours juridiques : aspects cognitifs et traductologiques. In: Werner FORNER and Britta THÖRLE, eds. Manuel des langues de spécialité. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 205-226.

(2013) Rechtsübersetzung und Rechtswissen. Kognitionstranslatologische Überlegungen und empirische Untersuchung des Übersetzungsprozesses. Forum für Fachsprachenforschung. Berlin: Frank und Timme, 427 pp.