Chapter 10, Transcription, is dedicated to the production and use of written transcripts for the research analysis of spontaneous and reproductive (i.e., reading aloud) spoken discourse. More specifically, we wish herein to consider the preparation, the use, and the reproduction of transcripts, all as types of language use in their own right. Our own research regarding these various forms of language use, particularly with regard to specific problems and biases of transcribers, the question of standardization of notation systems for transcription, and the subsequent reproduction of transcripts in research publications is reviewed. The need for tailoring notation systems to specific research goals is emphasized once again.
The Transcriber as Language User
In Chapter 4, The Written, we have outlined a set of principles that we consider fundamental to the design of notation systems for the transcription of spoken discourse for research purposes. We now turn to the...