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Embracing the Complexity: a pilot study on Interlingual Respeaking

Davitti, Elena and Sandrelli, Annalisa (2020) Embracing the Complexity: a pilot study on Interlingual Respeaking Journal of Audiovisual Translation.

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This paper presents the key findings of the pilot phase of SMART (Shaping Multilingual Access though Respeaking Technology), a multidisciplinary international project focusing on interlingual respeaking (IRSP) for real-time speech-to-text. SMART addresses key questions around IRSP feasibility, quality and competences. The pilot project is based on experiments involving 25 postgraduate students who performed two IRSP tasks (English-Italian) after a crash course. The analysis triangulates subtitle accuracy rates with participants’ subjective ratings and retrospective self-analysis. The best performers were those with a composite skillset, including interpreting/subtitling and interpreting/subtitling/respeaking. Participants indicated multitasking, time-lag, and monitoring of the speech recognition software output as the main difficulties; together with the great variability in performance, personal traits emerged as likely to affect performance. This pilot lays the conceptual and methodological foundations for a larger project involving professionals, to address a set of urgent questions for the industry.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Sandrelli, Annalisa
Date : 22 July 2020
Funders : Pump Priming Fund - University of Surrey, Research Fund of the Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Grant Title : SMART
Uncontrolled Keywords : interlingual respeaking; speech-to-text; live subtitling; interpreting; human-machine interaction
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Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 04 Aug 2020 13:12
Last Modified : 04 Aug 2020 13:12

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