The aim of the present study is to investigate the relationship between explicitation
and directionality in simultaneous interpreting. Given that explicitation in this mode
of interpretation is often triggered by the constraints inherent in the process of interpreting,
it has been hypothesized that explicitating shifts might be more frequent in
retour, which is considered to be more demanding. The study is both product- and
process-oriented, relying on recordings and transcripts of interpreting outputs as well
as retrospective protocols. The participants in the study were 36 advanced interpreting
students. The analysed forms of explicitation range from cohesive explicitation (e.g.
adding connectives, reiteration, etc.), through substituting nominalisations with verb
phrases and disambiguating lexical metaphors, to inserting explanatory remarks. The
present paper is aimed to be a pilot study for a larger project in progress.