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Corpus study on the rendition of numbers in simultaneous interpreting, with special reference to sex

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Gender en sex dimensions of simultaneous interpreting
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Experimental studies show that numbers constitute a challenge for simultaneous interpreters mostly because of their low predictability and density of information. While meta-analyses suggest that the reported cognitive differences between the sexes are often exaggerated, a female advantage has been found in individual studies for tasks that are crucial to interpreting. Assuming that women therefore need to dedicate fewer cognitive resources to the interpreting task, this paper’s hypothesis is that female interpreters will have more available resources to deal with the complex task of rendering numbers and will therefore make fewer errors than men. This article relates a rare corpus-based study on the rendition of numbers by male and female interpreters at the European Parliament against the background of other potential predictors. The data sample consists of 180 source texts and interpretations in six language pairs (both from and into French, English and Dutch). The results did not confirm the hypothesis, as sex does not appear to be a significant predictor of the rendition of numbers but confirm that a shorter Ear-Voice Span helps render numbers accurately.
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simultaneous interpreting, numbers, corpus, sex differences

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Collard, Camille, and Bart Defrancq. 2019. “Corpus Study on the Rendition of Numbers in Simultaneous Interpreting, with Special Reference to Sex.” Interpreting.
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Collard, C., & Defrancq, B. (2019). Corpus study on the rendition of numbers in simultaneous interpreting, with special reference to sex. INTERPRETING.
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Collard C, Defrancq B. Corpus study on the rendition of numbers in simultaneous interpreting, with special reference to sex. INTERPRETING. John Benjamins; 2019;
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Collard, Camille, and Bart Defrancq. “Corpus Study on the Rendition of Numbers in Simultaneous Interpreting, with Special Reference to Sex.” INTERPRETING (2019): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Experimental studies show that numbers constitute a challenge for simultaneous interpreters mostly because of their low predictability and density of information. While meta-analyses suggest that the reported cognitive differences between the sexes are often exaggerated, a female advantage has been found in individual studies for tasks that are crucial to interpreting. Assuming that women therefore need to dedicate fewer cognitive resources to the interpreting task, this paper{\textquoteright}s hypothesis is that female interpreters will have more available resources to deal with the complex task of rendering numbers and will therefore make fewer errors than men. This article relates a rare corpus-based study on the rendition of numbers by male and female interpreters at the European Parliament against the background of other potential predictors. The data sample consists of 180 source texts and interpretations in six language pairs (both from and into French, English and Dutch). The results did not confirm the hypothesis, as sex does not appear to be a significant predictor of the rendition of numbers but confirm that a shorter Ear-Voice Span helps render numbers accurately. 
},
  author       = {Collard, Camille and Defrancq, Bart},
  issn         = {1384-6647 },
  journal      = {INTERPRETING},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {John Benjamins},
  title        = {Corpus study on the rendition of numbers in simultaneous interpreting, with special reference to sex},
  year         = {2019},
}