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ERIC Number: EJ798587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
Parameters in Television Captioning for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults: Effects of Caption Rate versus Text Reduction on Comprehension
Burnham, Denis; Leigh, Greg; Noble, William; Jones, Caroline; Tyler, Michael; Grebennikov, Leonid; Varley, Alex
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v13 n3 p391-404 2008
Caption rate and text reduction are factors that appear to affect the comprehension of captions by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These 2 factors are confounded in everyday captioning; rate (in words per minute) is slowed by text reduction. In this study, caption rate and text reduction were manipulated independently in 2 experiments to assess any differential effects and possible benefits for comprehension by deaf and hard-of-hearing adults. Volunteers for the study included adults with a range of reading levels, self-reported hearing status, and different communication and language preferences. Results indicate that caption rate (at 130, 180, 230 words per minute) and text reduction (at 84%, 92%, and 100% original text) have different effects for different adult users, depending on hearing status, age, and reading level. In particular, reading level emerges as a dominant factor: more proficient readers show better comprehension than poor readers and are better able to benefit from caption rate and, to some extent, text reduction modifications.
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Language: English
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