ERIC Number: ED045959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul-24
Reference Count: 0
From Mouth to Hand: Obstacles in Rendering Verbal Events Faithfully into Standard Orthography. The Classroom Interaction Project Series.
Hays, Harriet Nutt
This paper reports the initial phase of a series of experiments conducted on a large number of videotapes made for the purpose of analyzing public-school classroom interaction. The experiments originally aimed to preduct the most reliable, efficient and economic way of producing transcriptions which are sufficiently representative of the verbal events used for empirical research. Results tabulated thus far indicate that, particularly among nonlinguists, but also among linguists, transcriptions of the same event into standard orthography are apt to differ to a significant extent; that some of these differences may not be entirely predictable; and that it takes at least two iterations of post-editing of the transcript to get a reasonable orthographic representation of the event. It also appears that the more complicated the structures involved, whether they be social, semantic or grammatical, the more verifications or post-editings are needed to produce an accurate transcription. The optimum work increment, processor personality, training or sequencing is not yet determinable, but, especially for difficult passages, it is likely that pairs of judges in the final editings, working together with transcript and tape, will be more efficient than single judges left alone with their idiosyncratic prejudices, anticipations, hearing and experience. (Author/AMM)
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Center for Research in Social Behavior.
Note: Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, July 24, 1969