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Title: Explicitation patterns in English-Chinese consecutive interpreting : differences between professional and trainee interpreters
Authors: Tang, F
Li, D 
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Perspectives : studies in translatology, 2016, v. 24, no. 2, p. 235-255
Abstract: The present study attempts to explore features of explicitation in interpreting by conducting an experiment in which 12 professional and 12 trainee interpreters were invited to carry out English-Chinese (E-C) consecutive interpreting (CI). All the explicitation shifts have been identified through a comparison between the original speech and the interpretations. The study has found 10 different forms of explicitations in E-C CI and summarized four motivations behind them. Features of explicitation found in the study include: (1) half of the explicitations are related to the experiential information; (2) most explicitations are adopted for clarification; and (3) explicitations to make up for interpreters' insufficient competence are common in E-C CI. In addition, the two groups also differ from each other in their explicitation patterns in the following aspects: (1) professional interpreters make considerably more explicitations than trainee interpreters, especially explicitations for clarification; (2) trainee interpreters make more explicitations as strategies to make up for the loss of information in their interpreting; and (3) professionals tend to emphasize the speaker's attitude through the addition of intensifiers more often than their trainee counterparts.
Keywords: Explicitation patterns
English-to-Chinese consecutive interpreting
Professional interpreters
Trainee interpreters
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: Perspectives : studies in translatology 
ISSN: 0907-676X (print)
DOI: 10.1080/0907676X.2015.1040033
Rights: © 2016 Taylor & Francis
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