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Title: Simultaneous Interpretation of Numbers: Comparing German and English to Italian. An Experimental Study
Authors: Pinochi, Diletta
Keywords: Numerical systems in SL
Numerical systems in TL
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Diletta Pinochi, "Simultaneous Interpretation of Numbers: Comparing German and English to Italian. An Experimental Study", in: The Interpreters' Newsletter 14/2009, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2009, pp. 33-57
Series/Report no.: The Interpreters' Newsletter
n. 14
Abstract: An experimental study was carried out to investigate whether the difficulty of delivering numbers in SI is language-independent or whether some specific features – such as the different structures of the numerical systems in SL and TL – may also be relevant and influence SI performance negatively. To this end, a German text and an English text, both dense with numbers, were interpreted simultaneously into Italian by 16 students. The first language pair (ENIT) had a linear numerical system and the second one (DE-IT) did not, as in German the so-called inversion rule has to be applied. An initial analysis of the results suggested that the difficulty of delivering numbers in SI is language-independent.However, amore detailed analysis of the outcomes showed that a significant difference between the two language pairswas apparent in the distribution and typology of errors: transposition/position errors (including inversion errors) were evident in German but not in English.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/3465
ISSN: 15914127
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