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Translation Studies and Translation Practice: Proceedings of the 2nd International TRANSLATA Conference, 2014

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Edited By Lew N. Zybatow, Andy Stauder and Michael Ustaszewski

TRANSLATA II was the second in a series of triennial conferences on Translation and Interpreting Studies, held at the University of Innsbruck. The series is conceptualized as a forum for Translation Studies research. The contributions to this volume focus on humo(u)r translation, legal translation, and human-machine interaction in translation. The contributors also regard computer-aided translation, specialised translation, terminology as well as audiovisual translation and professional aspects in translation and interpreting.

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Snapshots of Waveforms in Multitrack Digital Recordings: an Untapped Potential for the Assessment of Simultaneous Interpreters (María Gracia Torres Díaz)

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María Gracia Torres Díaz, Málaga University

Snapshots of Waveforms in Multitrack Digital Recordings: an Untapped Potential for the Assessment of Simultaneous Interpreters

Abstract: The introduction of digital recordings for the assessment of students at the end of the nineties opened new facets to the evaluation of productions. The old assessment systems based on recordings registered by the cassette recorders placed inside the booths or those of the old laboratories that sometimes gave the opportunity to hear both the original speaker and the interpretation of the student in the same track, although sufficient, didn’t offer the visual impressions that the multi track digital recordings offer us now. This paper will present the snapshots made of several waveforms taken during the interpretation of a speech performed by five students in five different booths and those waveforms produced by the original speaker also recorded. By comparing the visual recordings of the students and the original speaker, this piece of work will endeavor to show how much our new digital assessment methods can actually contribute to the field of assessment in simultaneous interpreting studies, adding potentially newer perspectives to the works already produced by authors such as Pöchhacker (2001), Riccardi (2002), Campbell and Hale (2003).

1. Introduction

The implementation of digital recordings for the assessment of students at the end of the nineties opened new possibilities for the evaluation of their productions.

The old assessment systems were based on recordings...

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