OZ PM at UN GA & Chunking

The Australian Julia Gillard recently addressed the UN General Assembly.

Find the mp3 here. And the transcript here.

There are some tricky parts for simultaneous interpreters!

One of the things we do is “chunking”. – Basically taking long sentences and cutting them up.

So a long sentence like this:

Our support for the right of Israel and its people to exist in security and peace is an historic commitment in Australian policy and it will endure.

Might get chunked into this:

We support Israel. Its people have the right to exist, to security, and to peace. This is a historic commitment. It is part of Australian policy. It will endure.

Or, the equivalent in a language other than English.

The really hard bits are the flowery language where it’s just so hard to understand what she’s getting at.

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