Legal Transcription Styles
Smooth or Standard Verbatim Transcription Styles
Smooth Transcription Style
Accurately captures everything spoken by participants but for readability purposes omits:
- False starts (words spoken at the beginning of a sentence which the speaker quickly corrects with a change of direction).
- Excessive use of filler words such as ‘um’, ‘you know’and ‘like’.
- Style preferred by 95% of clients.
- Suits any transcription requirements which do not demand linguistic analysis.
I would expect that if you were silent on this point in the rule, the utilities would likely propose something in their specific programs, and that, I think, creates the kind of flexibility we were hoping for as we crafted the statute.
Standard Verbatim Transcription Style
Constitutes a strict record of what was spoken by participants in a recording and as such:
- Includes all false starts, repetitions and filler words which would ordinarily be excluded in standard slightly edited transcription.
- Retains grammatically incorrect speaker idiosyncrasies.
- Excludes paralinguistic and nonverbal communication covered under conversational analysis.
Often requested by clients who seek to undertake basic linguistic analysis of transcripts.
Interviewee: The um fox — the — the quick brown fox jumps ah over the lazy dog.