A Study on the E-C Consecutive Interpreting in Ocean Security Conference Guided by Compression Theory

Su CHAI, Xiaoya WU


This conference interpretation is the interpretation of the discussion on the phenomena taking place in the South China Sea. In this paper, the author uses an authentic corpus from transcripts of a conference on ocean security. There are five levels of compression on conference interpreting. They are syllabic compression, lexical compression, syntactic compression, semantic compression and situational compression. In this paper, in syllabic compression, the author aims to compress the syllables of words and phrases. In lexical compression, the author compresses unnecessary expressions of words and phrases. In syntactic compression, the author compresses sentences and phrases syntactically to make the text structure more concise. In semantic compression, the author compresses repeated expressions. In situational compression, the author compresses unnecessary expressions in the speech.


Compression theory; Conference interpreting; Syllabic compression; Lexical compression; Syntactic compression; Semantic compression; Situational compression

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11858


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