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Title: Prosody in Simultaneous Interpretation: a Case Study for the German- Italian Language Pair
Authors: Martellini, Sara
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Sara Martellini, "Prosody in Simultaneous Interpretation: a Case Study for the German- Italian Language Pair", in: The Interpreters' Newsletter, 18 (2013), pp. 61-79.
Series/Report no.: The Interpreters' Newsletter
18 (2013)
Abstract: Prosody in simultaneous interpretation (SI) is a recent research field receiving increasing attention but still insufficiently explored for certain language pairs. The present contribution discusses the prosodic features of interpreted texts as such and in relation to the source text (ST) for the German-Italian language pair. The target texts (TTs) of six professional interpreters were transcribed and analysed according to the following analysis criteria: speech rate, pauses (filled and unfilled and their position in the text) and syllable lengthening, intonation and prominence. The objective of the study was to analyse the prosody of professional interpreters through the perceptual method, assessing the features of prosody as observed in interpreting practitioners. Since the ST is an example of impromptu speech, the study also aimed at understanding the role played by spontaneous speech in the interpreting process. The results concerning interpreters’ speech rate and intonation confirmed consolidated theories in SI, whereas categories such as pauses, stress on words and the sub-category of syllable lengthening raised new points, showing that some specific behaviour is intentionally produced by interpreters to deal with difficult portions of text through the use of prosodic features.
ISSN: 1591-4127
Appears in Collections:The Interpreters' Newsletter n. 18 - 2013

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