Uncovering scientific and multimodal literacy through audio description

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The paper focuses on skills and competences applied in audio description (AD) of a Swedish multimodal popular scientific journal. The journal is made accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences by producing an audio version of its verbal and visual contents. The task of the sighted audio describer is to create a verbal description of the contents that activates internal images of the blind audiences and enhances their understanding and enjoyment (Holsanova 2008, 2015, 2016). When interpreting the printed version and transforming it into an audio version, reception and production processes coincide (Braun 2007). The activities, skills and competences involved in AD are revealed through the analysis of a think aloud protocol recorded during the task and through a comparison of the printed and audio version of the journal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-148
JournalJournal of Visual Literacy
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventESFLC 2019: European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference - Pavia, Leiria, Portugal
Duration: 2019 Jul 32019 Jul 5

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Free keywords

  • meaning-making processes
  • scientific and multimodal literacy
  • popular scientific explanation
  • audio description
  • think-aloud protocol
  • cognitive theories


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