Making sound accessible: The labelling of soundeffects in subtitling for the deaf and hard-ofhearing

Aikaterini Tsaousi

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Abstract

While much recent research has focused on the practices of and guidelines for subtitling for the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH), scant attention has been paid to the different strategies used by subtitlers for soundeffect labelling. Current research into the practice of sound-effect labelling should address two issues: it must (1) shed light on the concept and nature of sound-effects per se and also (2) provide further information as to how such sounds are/could be perceived by deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. This paper aims to give some insight into the labelling of sound-effects, beginning with the nature and particularities of such sounds and moving towards the cru-cial issue of audience reception in determining the adequacy of SDH renderings. To this end, a three-level model of analysis for the optimal transmission of sound-effects in SDH is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-252
JournalHermeneus
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Media accessibility
  • Sound-effect labelling
  • Subtitling for the D/deaf and hard-ofhearing (SDH)

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