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Transcription Styles

Research Transcription

Sterling Transcription offers a range of transcription styles and we encourage you to choose the style which best assists you with your research and analysis. 

For a more general idea of what your transcript will look like visit Research Transcription: What will my Focus Group or Interview Transcript look like? on our blog.

Intelligent Verbatim (Standard Style)

Intelligent verbatim is the preferred style of 95% of Sterling Transcription clients.

Style: The audio content is transcribed accurately but the following are omitted to enhance the readability of the transcript:

  • The over-use of filler words (e.g. 'you know', 'um', 'like' and 'ah')
  • Repeated words
  • False sentence starts

Pricing: The standard research prices apply to transcripts of this style. Please email enquiries@sterlingtranscription.co.uk for a copy of our rates sheet.

Example: Interviewee: The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

Strict Verbatim (Orthographic Transcription)

Strict verbatim is usually required by clients who intend to subject their transcripts to basic linguistic analysis.

Style: A word-for-word record of the audio is transcribed. As such, the following features are included:

  • The over-use of filler words (e.g. 'you know', 'um', 'like' and 'ah')
  • Repeated words
  • False sentence starts
  • Idiosyncrasies spoken by the participants which are grammatically incorrect

Please note, this style excludes nonverbal and paralinguistic communication. These are features of the conversational analysis style.

Pricing: For strict verbatim transcripts a surcharge of 50% applies.

Sterling Transcription can sound check your transcripts. A further surcharge of 50% will apply for this service. 

Example: Interviewee: The um plain – the, the rain in Spain stays mainly in the, you know, the plain.

Conversational Analysis Style

Conversational analysis transcripts is a suitable style for clients who wish to analyse the nonverbal and paralinguistic aspects of their interviews or focus groups.  Read our What is the Conversational Analysis style of transcription? blog article for more information about this style.

Style: All of the features of the strict verbatim style are used in conversational analysis transcripts as well are the features listed below:

  • Symbols which allude to pauses in dialogue, changes in pace and tone, et cetera
  • Descriptions of speakers' expressions such as laughter, stutters, sighs and coughs

All or a variation of these features can be included in your transcript depending on your specific analysis requirements.

Pricing: Conversation analysis style is £5 per minute of audio (this can vary depending upon complexity and includes compulsory sound-checking costs).

Example: Interviewee: The (0.5) um plain – the, [Laughs] the rain in Spain stays mainly in the, you know, the PLAIN.

Please note, false sentence starts is where a speaker begins to say a sentence but quickly changes direction before its completion and starts a new sentence.