Critical Link: Interpreting in a Changing Landscape edition:6 location:Aston University, Birmingham, UK date:26-30 July 2010
The transient character of spoken language obliges interpreting researchers to proceed to a transcription of recorded data for purposes of analysis. While transcription is essential to interpreting research, its complexity has received little attention so far in Interpreting Studies. In a field such as community interpreting for example, where social interaction is a determining factor, researchers mainly and usually opt for representational choices which do not really allow them to highlight the interactional patterns and the subjacent power constellation inherent to the event. Such patterns and power constellations are also visible in courtroom interaction (Adelswärd et alii, 1987). Starting from a reflexive transcription practice (Buchholz, 2000), this contribution explores the advantages of a horizontal transcription format by pre-allocating columns to the speakers, and argues that horizontality in transcripts of community-based interpreted interactions allows for a better visualization of elements which are central to linguistic and pragmatic analysis. These findings are demonstrated through the analysis of the turns-at-talk sequences in a horizontal transcript of a courtroom examination. Keywords: court interpreting, reflexive transcription practice, turn-taking, power Buchholz, M. 2000. “The politics of transcription”. Journal of Pragmatics 32 (10): 1439-1465. Adelswärd, V. Aronsson K., Jönsson L. , Linell P. 1987. “The unequal distribution of interactional space: Dominance and control in courtroom interaction”. Text 7 (4): 313–346.