The captioning function and image interpretation in understanding television content: Deaf adolescents' understanding of a television series

Cristina Cambra, Núria Silvestre, Aurora Leal

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Abstract

Since the introduction of captioning in Spain, a number of studies have analyses technical aspects, but not its usefulness and effectiveness for deaf people's understanding of television content. The aim of this study is to explore what function visual and aural information have, together with the information provided by oral and written language, in understanding television content. A television series is presented under three conditions (without any sound or voice; with both sound and voice; and with sound and voice and captions) to a group of 20 deaf adolescents of both sexes, who are being schooled in the "oral" modality, in order to analyse their understanding. The results indicate that captions do not provide sufficient support to understand television due to reading comprehension problems on behalf of the deaf adolescents. The paper suggests a number of captioning criteria to facilitate reading ease, such as integrating information provided by both sound and vision. © 2008 Fundación Infancia y Aprendizaje, ISSN: 1135-6405.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-93
JournalCultura y Educacion
Volume20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Captions
  • Deafness
  • Image
  • Television

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