How can we capture the words, gestures and conduct of study participants? How do we transcribe what happens in social interactions in analytically useful ways? How could systematic and detailed transcription practices benefit research? Transcribing for Social Research demonstrates how best to represent talk and interaction in a manageable and academically credible way that enables analysis. It describes and assesses key methodological and epistemological debates about the status of transcription research while also setting out best practice for handling different types of data and forms of social interaction. Featuring transcribing basics as well as important recent developments, this book guides readers through: • Time and sequencing • Speech delivery and patterns • Non-vocal conduct • Emotive displays like laughter, tears, or pain • Talk in non-English languages • Helpful technological resources As the first book-length exposition of the Jeffersonian transcription conventions, this well-crafted balance of theory and practice is a must-have resource for any social scientist looking to produce high quality transcripts.

Technological Resources for Transcription

Technological Resources for Transcription

In this chapter we discuss technical tools that may be used in the process of transcribing, analyzing and presenting audio and video data. Given the rapid technological changes, this chapter is not meant to provide an exhaustive overview of the available technology (which will surely be outdated by the time of the book’s publication), but only introduce a few useful tools and explore issues one may consider in selecting appropriate tools.

We start by discussing the process of creating transcription-ready digital recordings. Then we introduce a number of useful software programs for transcribing and analyzing recordings and discuss best practices for presenting data to audiences. Finally, we assess the possibility and implications of adopting an automated voice-to-text transcription solution.

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