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Audio Transcription terminology: "inaudible" vs "unintelligible" + a corresponding Russian term
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Nikita Kobrin  Identity Verified
Lithuania
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Jan 5, 2004

Dear colleagues experienced in Audio Transcription,

At the moment I'm transcribing taped police interviews. The recording quality isn't very high and there are some parts which I can't understand.

1) What would be the best word to write instead of those parts:

- {unintelligible}
- {inaudible}

or something else? Is there a commonly accepted term?

2) What would be a corresponding Russian term?

3) What kind of brackets would you recommend to use: (), [], or {}?

Regards,
Nikita Kobrin

[Edited at 2004-01-05 11:50]


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Inaudible vs. unintelligible Jan 5, 2004

Nikita Kobrin wrote:

Dear colleagues experienced in Audio Transcription,

At the moment I'm transcribing taped police interviews. The recording quality isn't very high and there are some parts which I can't understand.

1) What would be the best word to write instead of those parts:

- {unintelligible}
- {inaudible}

or something else? Is there a commonly accepted term?

2) What would be a corresponding Russian term?

3) What kind of brackets would you recommend to use: (), [], or {}?

Regards,
Nikita Kobrin

[Edited at 2004-01-05 11:50]


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Inaudible vs. unintelligible Jan 5, 2004

Inaudible means that you can't hear it, while unintelligible means that you hear sounds but can't make them out. I would use square brackets [], but I can't back that up with an authoritative reference. Would it be possible to put a ? in the brackets, which would indicate that you can't understand the word/phrase, but not necessarily say why.

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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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I use [inaudible] Jan 5, 2004

Hi Nikita,

Nikita Kobrin wrote:

1) What would be the best word to write instead of those parts:

- {unintelligible}
- {inaudible}

or something else? Is there a commonly accepted term?


So far, I have always used the word [inaudible] and this has been OK with my clients.

2) What would be a corresponding Russian term?


Sorry, I cannot give any answers to this question, since I do not speak any Russian at all.

3) What kind of brackets would you recommend to use: (), [], or {}?


I use [], but I have seen that other colleagues use (). It is just a matter of preference I think.
Enjoy your assignement,
Monika



[Edited at 2004-01-05 15:10]


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:53
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Indistinct Jan 5, 2004

At BBC Monitoring, it is standard practice to put ("word indistinct"), ("3 words indistinct") ("passage of about 20 words indistinct"), etc., using round brackets.
Unfortunately we never had any contact with the Soviet/Russian monitoring service, so I have no idea what they use.


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Wenke Geddert  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:53
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Inaudible Jan 5, 2004

I recently received instructions from an agency, which were as follows:

1. If you cannot understand what a speaker says, put (inaudible) or (several inaudible words) as applicable.
2. If a speaker is interrupted put --
3. If a speaker tails off then put …

Hope this helps.


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íåðàçáîð÷èâî Jan 5, 2004

I would use "íåðàçáîð÷èâî" as the most general Russian term. But I'm sure if you place this question on KUDOZ you'll get a lot more.

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