Monday, 16 November 2009

FREDA Week 8
Discussion of Elinor Och’s text: “Transcription as Theory”
We discussed how selectivity can alter the perception of an interaction and the conclusions drawn from it. A key quote from the reading is: “a more useful transcript is a more selective one”. This then led us to consider the effects of omitting certain non-verbal elements from our transcription and how their potential inclusion would alter the conclusions drawn about their role in discourse and their importance in the specific transcription. We continued to question how our group recording would be affected by these ideas and how a transcription would capture effectively what the interlocutors considered memorable and how different a transcription will be.