Transcription in Action
RESOURCES FOR THE REPRESENTATION OF LINGUISTIC INTERACTION

Department of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara

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Representing Discourse

Representing Discourse is a work-in-progress by John W. Du Bois, based on his graduate course Linguistics 212: Discourse Transcription at UCSB. The following materials from the book manuscript and other sources are made available to provide guidance in the transcription process, and particularly in the use of the Du Bois et al. transcription system.

The most recently published version of the Du Bois et al. system can be ordered from the Santa Barbara Papers in Linguistics series (Volume 4, 1992). Other relevant publications include:

Du Bois, John W., Stephan Schuetze-Coburn, Susanna Cumming, & Danae Paolino (1993). Outline of discourse transcription. In Jane A. Edwards & Martin D. Lampert, eds., Talking data: Transcription and coding in discourse research. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 45-89.

Du Bois, John W., & Stephan Schuetze-Coburn (1993). Representing hierarchy: Constituent structure for discourse databases. In Jane A. Edwards & Martin D. Lampert, eds., Talking data: Transcription and coding in discourse research. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 221-260.

The following materials are available for free download in PDF. All materials on this page are copyright © John W. Du Bois 2006.

Transcription Delicacy Hierarchy for Discourse Transcription (handout from Linguistic Society of America presentation, Albuquerque, NM, Jan. 2006)
Basic Symbols for Discourse Transcription by Topic
Transcription Symbols by Delicacy: Levels 1-4
Comparison of Transcription Symbols
Transcription Convention Updates
Unicode Characters for Discourse Transcription (selected)
Transcribing Procedures
Transcription Format
Ethnographic Documentation
Setting Diagram
Recording Log
Voice Identification Table
Digitizing, Editing, and Aligning Recordings (Sound Forge)
Transcriber: A Transcription-Audio Alignment Tool
Acoustic Analysis
Preparing a Transcription for Computer Analysis
Using a Concordance for Discourse Research
Resources: Access to Computational Tools for Discourse Research