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08-13-2017, 02:37 AM
Any helpful advice from someone more experienced in strict-verbatim transcription than myself would be greatly appreciated.

I am contracted to provide strict-verbatim transcripts of phone interviews. While I annotate most nonverbal sounds that either interrupt speech patterns or flow within the speech with tags such as [coughs] and [clears throat], there is the occasional speaker who sniffles to punctuate the end of a statement or, perhaps, a speaker who has a cold or breathing problem and sniffles throughout the interview, sometimes multiple times within a statement. And while I don't mind annotating each and every sniffle if doing so is correct and appropriate, I feel the [sniffles] readability of the [sniffles] transcript is compromised by excessive [sniffles] annotations ;). Any helpful insight on this situation and the treatment of nonverbals in strict-verbatim transcription in general is appreciated. Thank you.

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