Data Transcription and Major Topics in Corpus Linguistics
5. Transcription conventions
There is no transcription system that could render precisely each and every small detail of spoken language. There is not one unified transcription system to render spoken discourse. Such a unified transcription system could never adequately represent the different contexts with all their peculiarities in which spoken discourse can occur. Therefore, the transcription system needs to be adapted to the respective context in which the spoken discourse occurs and to the peculiarities of the speech situation. Nevertheless, whatever system you choose, it will remain deficient. The closest you can get to the ‘real’ spoken discourse is by means of a recording which, however, still is just an incomplete re-presentation of the original interview in a new context. With the transcription system used here, two major goals were in the foreground:
1. The transcription of the job interviews should be as adequate as possible to render the spoken discourse.
2. The transcription should be as simple as possible to make it easily readable.
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