Propositional information loss in English-to-Chinese simultaneous conference interpreting
A corpus-based study
Simultaneous Interpreting (SI) as a profession has been gaining momentum in China, but little has been researched on Chinese professional conference interpreting on a basis of large quantity of empirical data. This study adopts an information-based SI fidelity assessment approach to probe into the propositional information loss in an SI corpus of seventeen English(B)-Chinese(A) simultaneous interpreters’ interpretations, and through stimulated retrospective interviews of three conference interpreters. Results show that operational constraints (concurrent listening and speaking, time constraint and incremental processing), source language factors (speed, information density, accent, linguistic complexity, technicality, etc) and interpreting direction (B to A), etc, account for typical propositional omission, incompletion or error.
Keywords: English-to-Chinese simultaneous interpreting, corpus, propositional information loss, cognitive resource deficiency, cognitive capability deficiency
Keywords: interprétation simultanée de l’anglais en chinois, corpus, perte d’informations propositionnelles, manque de ressources cognitives, manque de capacités cognitives
Published online: 22 February 2019
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