From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New
Research on Interpretation
Target Texts Produced by Interpreter 2: Interpretation 2 (I-2) and Transliteration 2 (T-2)
i n t e r p r e t a t i o n 2 (I-2)
Of the 20 major topic boundaries that we identified, Interpretation 2 (I-2) shows the handclasp strategy at 11 of them. In addition, at three other boundaries, the strategy that we have labeled “got it?” occurs (see the following discussion). At another three boundaries, a final longer hold occurs on the last sign. All 17 of these topic boundary markers are filled pauses. For the remaining three boundaries, we were unable to identify the handclasp as an indication of the topic boundary; however, note that this initial research did not address other possibilities such as sign choices or word order, which could, indeed, represent the boundary.