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Title: Does Intonation Matter? The impact of monotony on listener comprehension
Authors: Holub, Elisabeth
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Elisabeth Holub, "Does Intonation Matter? The impact of monotony on listener comprehension", in: The Interpreters' Newsletter, 15 (2010), 2010, pp. 117-126.
Series/Report no.: The Interpreters' Newsletter
The study described in this paper aims to investigate whether monotony has a
negative impact on audience comprehension. Whereas in previous research
intonational deviations were produced mainly through voice acting, the present
study employs digital audio editing to produce two versions of one and the same
simultaneous interpretation. This method allows the researcher to modify
intonation leaving other speech parameters unchanged. The material thus
produced was validated by a pool of experts and submitted to several randomised
groups of listeners in a simulated conference setting. Analysis showed that
monotony can have a negative impact on both comprehension and the assessment
of the interpreter’s performance. These findings have major implications for both
interpreting theory and practice.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1591-4127
Appears in Collections:The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 15 - 2010

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