Economy and efficiency of note-taking in consecutive interpreting from English to Chinese: A study on Ear-Pen Span, Note-Taking Duration, Units, and Quality

Shengyi Xu, Jun Pan*, Michael Carl

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Note-taking serves an important memory-supporting role in consecutive interpreting. It greatly facilitates the reproduction of the same message in another language. Previous research mainly focused on note-taking and interpreting performance but studies failed to reach consensus on whether and how choice of form and language in note-taking influences interpreting performance. This was possibly due to lack of consistency in annotation of the notes and the fact that note-taking itself diverts interpreters’ attention from listening to the source language and analyzing the message. We take a different perspective on note-taking, exploring economy and efficiency and using empirical data to examine their interrelationship. We also propose a novel classification and annotation schema, which can be used in future large-scale investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranslation in Transition
Subtitle of host publicationHuman and machine intelligence
EditorsIsabel Lacruz
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Chapter8
Pages157–182
Number of pages26
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9789027249760
ISBN (Print)9789027213860
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

Publication series

NameAmerican Translators Association Scholarly Monograph Series
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
VolumeXX
ISSN (Print)0890-4111

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

User-Defined Keywords

  • Ear-Pen Span (EPS)
  • NTQ (NTQ)
  • Note-Taking Duration (NTD)
  • Note-Taking Unit (NTU)
  • annotation schema
  • note-taking

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