Corpus-based Interpreting Studies: The State of the Art-First Forlì International Workshop

Country: Italy

City: Forli

Abstr. due: 15.12.2014

Dates: 07.05.15 — 08.05.15

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

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Organizers: University of Bologna at Forlì


More than 15 years have passed since the late Miriam Shlesinger called upon the Interpreting Studies community to embrace corpus-based methodologies (Shlesinger 1998). Corpus-based methodologies enable researchers to collect empirical data in quantities large enough to make reliable generalizations about interpreter performance (as opposed to studies based on anecdotal evidence); moreover, they also make it possible to analyse relevant phenomena on greater data sets than is usually the case when “manual” methodologies are used.

Shlesinger predicted that it would take time to compile such interpreting corpora and she has been proven right. Indeed, it took 6 years since the publication of her seminal paper to launch the first large-scale interpreting corpus project at the University of Bologna (2004). In 2005 the European Parliament Interpreting Corpus (EPIC) became the first on-line trilingual interpreting corpus available for research and teaching purposes: EPIC will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015 (Monti et al. 2005). Other projects have followed over the last few years, but corpus-based Interpreting Studies has not developed as widely as would have been desirable, probably on account of the time-consuming nature of data collection and transcription. Today, only a handful of research centres are working on compiling interpreting corpora (Bologna-Forlì, UNINT-Rome, Trieste, Hamburg, Poznan, Ghent…) and the data available are still very limited, compared with the large quantities of corpus-based data available in linguistics and translation studies.

The workshop will include a general brainstorming session on collaborative projects in the field of Corpus-based Interpreting Studies.

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