Edited By Francesco Straniero Sergio and Caterina Falbo
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EUGENIA DAL FOVO Topical coherence in television interpreting: question / answer rendition The present article is the description of an ongoing doctoral research project on question / answer (Q/A) topical coherence. It is a specific example of corpus-based analysis on Television Interpreting (cf. Mack 2000, 2001, 2002; Straniero Sergio 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007) con- ducted on a selected sub-corpus of data collected in CorIT (Italian Television Interpreting Corpus) by Falbo (in this volume) and Straniero Sergio (in this volume). The research project focuses on the interpreted versions of American presidential debates broadcast on Italian television between 1988 and 2004, with the aim of analysing the rendition of the Q/A group by interpreters working in an équipe, in terms of topic reconstruction and topical coherence. I will start here by briefly presenting the original idea that formed my doctoral research project (cf. 1.1 and 1.2), which was first developed in my MA dissertation (Dal Fovo 2008). In this section I will illustrate the methodological approach (cf. 1.3) I applied, and the results obtained (cf. 1.4). I will then move on to the main difficulties of conducting re- search in the field of Television Interpreting, and the major role cor- pora studies play in tackling them (cf. 2.). By way of declaration of intent, I will finally outline the main methodological problems that emerged from the MA dissertation study: corpus (cf. 2.1) and analysis (cf. 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4) are here reconsidered, discussed and questioned, pointing out their major weaknesses and shortcomings,...
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