A main goal of the course is to develop your ability to observe and analyze everyday communication. In order to do this, it is useful to know how to turn spoken words into written words while keeping prosodic features. For this assignment, you will transcribe a short (about 3 minutes) segment of interaction according to the transcription tutorial we did in Week 5.
The excerpt that you will use and transcribe can be downloaded here COMM 2400 Video H&K Segment B.mp3. There are 3 speakers in this conversation: Harold, Kumar, and Ann. Harold is the first male who speaks, Kumar is the second male who speaks, and Ann is the only female speaker.
- Start by doing the level-1 transcription. This asks you to dictate what is said exactly by each speaker at every conversational turn, and any other sounds made by the speakers. You will need to listen to this clip a few times to make sure you have captured all the words and sounds made by speakers.
- For the level 2 transcription, you will need to identify overlapping speeches in this interaction, marking them with the square brackets for interruption or with the equals sign to show there is no hearable pause between turns.
- The level 3 of adding paralinguistic markers (e.g., pauses, intonations, stress, and stretch of sound etc.) is optional, you can try it only after you complete the first 2 levels.
- Make sure you add line numbers to your transcript.
I expect this assignment to take at least 1-2 hours for you to complete.
- Students are expected to complete their own work. Any transcript plagiarized from another student will be graded “0” and the student will be referred to the honor code office.
- Transcripts are expected on time. Late assignments will be accepted but will be penalized according to the policy in the course syllabus.
- Each paper will be evaluated on the detail of transcription, the accuracy of words captured and symbols used, and completeness.