In this Chapter, we covered the conventions for transcribing crying sounds. Let’s practice using these conventions!
Transcribe the clip below, using both the conventions covered in the Chapter, and the following six elements of sound characteristic of crying:
- Elevated pitch: preceding (1 word) “↑Yeah” or enclosing (more than one): “↑Yeah I am↑”
- Tremulous or wobbly delivery, enclose in tildes (~): preceding (1 word) “~THAt” or enclosing (more than one word) “~THAt wasn’~”
- Aspiration particles in words: parenthesis (h) represents plosive outbreath; h represents ‘breathy’ delivery.
- Creaky delivery: preceding (1 word) “#ma” or enclosing (more than one word) “#ma best.#”
- Tut: “.tch” or “.TCH”
- Sobbing: can be breathy and done as inbreath “.hihh” or outbreath “huhh” or sharply inhaled or exhaled; if the latter, enclose in greater/less than symbols: “>huh huh<” “>.hihh<“
1.UI3: uptight 13.00
Call: The police don’t take any notice of me and they misunderstand the things I say and I CT: Mm Call: I mean I get very uptight when I’m talking about it and I’m probably saying all the wrong things
Transcribe the sob and sniff in the following fragment
The following fragment contains talk that may be hard to hear through the crying. Try to represents all the words and sounds you can hear: