BENDAZZOLI CLAUDIO - From international conferences to machine-readable corpora and back: an ethnographic approachto simultaneous interpreter-mediated communicative events 91
91 BENDAZZOLI CLAUDIO From international conferences to machine- readable corpora and back: an ethnographic approach to simultaneous interpreter-mediated communicative events The DIRSI-C, i. e. Directionality in Simultaneous Interpreting Corpus, is a bilingual (Italian / English), machine-readable corpus of source and target speeches (transcripts + recordings) from three international medical conferences, during which simultaneous interpretation was provided. Together with the speeches produced by conference par- ticipants, DIRSI-C includes the output of professional simultaneous interpreters into both their native languages (i. e. A languages) and their foreign working languages (i. e. B languages), hence the focus on directionality in the name of the corpus. Besides the three confer- ences included in the corpus, further data were collected from other interpreter-mediated conferences and stored in the DIRSI Multime- dia Archive (DIRSI-MA). These will be used in future developments of DIRSI-C. The DIRSI project (Bendazzoli 2010a) originated from the ex- perience gained during the creation of an earlier corpus called EPIC – the European Parliament Interpreting Corpus (Monti et al. 2005, Russo et al. in this volume), and therefore took advantage of its theo- retical and methodological framework. However, the materials col- lected in EPIC and DIRSI come from two different communicative situations, i. e. the European Parliament plenary sittings (with inter- preters usually working into their A languages only) vs. international conferences taking place in Italy (with interpreters usually working into both their A and B languages). This means that a number of corpus design-related issues had to be reconsidered in order to do...
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