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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 20:21

Subtitling through Speech Recognition: Respeaking

Authored by Pablo Romero-Fresco, Volume 13 of Translation Practices Series, Published 2011 by St. Jerome Publishing

With accompanying DVD. 194 pages

1-905763-28-X £30.00

Based on sound research and first-hand experience in the field, Subtitling through Speech Recognition: Respeaking is the first book to present a comprehensive overview of the production of subtitles through speech recognition in Europe. Topics covered include the origins of subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing, the different methods used to provide live subtitles and the training and professional practice of respeaking around the world. The core of the book is devoted to elaborating an in-depth respeaking course, including the skills required before, during and after the respeaking process. The volume also offers detailed analysis of the reception of respeaking, featuring information about viewers’ preferences, comprehension and perception of respoken subtitles obtained with eye-tracking technology.

An accompanying DVD features a wealth of video clips and documents designed to illustrate the material in the book and to serve as a basis for the exercises included at the end of each chapter. The working language of the book is English, but the DVD also contains sample material in Dutch, French, Galician, German, Italian and Spanish.

Subtitling through Speech Recognition: Respeaking is designed for use as a coursebook for classroom practice or as a handbook for self-learning. It will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as freelance and in-house language professionals. It will also find a reading public among broadcasters, cinema, theatre and museum managers, as well as the deaf and members of deaf associations, who may use the volume to support future campaigns and enhance the quality of the speech-to-text accessibility they provide to their members.


a must have for students, trainers and professionals. … not only the first, but probably the ultimate live subtitling textbook. (Aline Remael, Artesis University College Antwerp)

... thorough and comprehensive ... a brave and pioneering work bound to become a classic from the word go. Inspiring, engaging, superbly written, it offers a state-of-the-art account of a field notoriously under-researched. A prime example of solid research and scholarship, a must read for anyone who wants to keep abreast with all the new developments taking place in Audiovisual Translation. (Jorge Díaz Cintas, Imperial College London, UK)

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