ERIC Number: ED340079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-2
Reference Count: 0
Interpretation Analysis as a Competitive Event.
Nading, Robert M.
Interpretation analysis is a new and interesting event on the forensics horizon which appears to be attracting an ever larger number of supporters. This event, developed by Larry Lambert of Ball State University in 1989, requires a student to perform all three disciplines of forensic competition (interpretation, public speaking, and limited preparation) within one event. Interpretation analysis challenges students and allows them to demonstrate their ability to adapt to various communication contexts, by first placing the student in the role/context of an interpreter, then into the role/context of a communicator, and finally into the role of a respondent to a question. Furthermore, the abilities tested by this event can be tested neither by the literary criticism nor the program oral interpretation events. While the use of questions in forensics events is controversial, their potential for abuse would be reduced by having tournament directors do a better job of screening judges for the event, and making their use optional. Interpretation analysis is not an event in which all students can, or even should, participate. But for those students who seek a challenge, this event can provide an excellent opportunity to showcase a number of varied talents. (Two appendixes containing, respectively, information given to interpretation analysis judges at Ball State University and rules for interpretation analysis used by the Morehead State University Eagle Championships are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Tournaments; Interpretation Analysis (Lambert)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).