Phonetics, phonology and interpreting

Authored by: Barbara Ahrens

The Routledge Handbook of Translation Studies and Linguistics

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138911260
eBook ISBN: 9781315692845
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The chapter is dedicated to the importance of nonverbal elements in oral language in general, and in spoken language interpreting in particular. Setting out from a definition of prosodic elements, such as pauses, intonation and accent, as well as their function in oral communication (structure and prominence), the chapter explains the role of prosody in interpreting and its importance in the source and the target text alike. The chapter presents general views on prosody in the interpreting profession and in interpreting studies, and empirical research on the prosodic parameters pauses, speech rate and segmentation, intonation and fundamental frequency, and accentuation and stress.

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