“Which Sounds Are Significant?” It’s ironic that I am reading this article shortly after attempting my first linguistic transcription. I listened to a portion of an episode of The Splendid Table where Lynne Rossetto Kasper talks to a lady who wants to make meatballs for her boyfriend. 1) Lynne Rossetto Kasper is a woman who takes advantage of a WHOLE HUGE RANGE of linguistic features; 2) I wonder whether Zdenek would argue that radio program transcription should attempt to capture the same NSI (non-speech information) as T.V. and movie captions might. For example, when a speaker–say the host of a radio cooking and culture show–inhales and exhales (audibly) and this breathing functions the way that punctuation might in text–is that significant? Are volume changes and very particular emphases worthy of caption/transcription? I suppose I am confusing transcribing and captioning now–and probably revealing my ignorance. Though I just looked it up, and it appears that live radio captioning happened for the first time ever in 2008 on NPR. Thanks, internet.
**Here’s my caption fail video where I read this aloud and youtube doesn’t understand: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_timedtext?video_referrer=watch&video_id=wBfy23R-U70&feature=mhsn
Anyhow, I really enjoyed the Zdenek article. It actually makes me want to take on a captioning project (he really sold me on the ‘importance of the rhetorical choices’ part of captioning). I think I would be an excellent captioner of The Office. And probably of most Disney movies.
Here’s my favorite quote from Zdenek (well, it’s at least the first one I liked and the only one I typed):
“[R]esearch in our fields tend to be populated with the able-bodied ‘users’ and ‘students’ who are often assumed to be seeing, hearing, fleet-footed, multi-tasking, nimble-fingered digital natives” (Zdenek, “Which Sounds Are Significant? Towards a Rhetoric of Closed Captioning”).
He manages to say what Bowie is trying to say but without the devotion to a catch-phrase. I suppose I also like this article because he makes what is good about the Bowie piece (the need to include and account for the–I apologize–universe of users) seem like a project that is manageable and concrete.