Author: Ruth Avon

  • A Journey into Transcription, Part 4: The Question Question

    question: (NOUN) A sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information. Since we speak in utterances (not sentences), most forms of punctuation are omitted in this corpus of learner language; the exceptions being apostrophes, hyphens and question marks.  This blog concerns question marks.  (Warning: there are not many jokes!) When we started transcription, the convention seemed…

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  • A Journey into Transcription, Part 3: Clarity

    As audio transcribers we listen to sound.  Of primary importance is the clarity of the sound. clarity: ABSTRACT NOUN: The quality of being clear (‘easy to perceive, understand, or interpret’), in particular: The quality of being coherent and intelligible The quality of being easy to hear; sharpness of sound The quality of purity Let’s consider…

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