Strategies for rendering multilingualism in subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing

Agnieszka Szarkowska, Jagoda Żbikowska, Izabela Krejtz

Abstract


In this paper we present a set of strategies for rendering the presence of multiple languages in multilingual films in subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH): vehicular matching, explicit attribution, colour-coding and linguistic homogenisation. We also report on an online study among deaf and hard of hearing Polish participants regarding their preferences for specific SDH strategies. The findings show that, even when they do not know the foreign language involved, most participants prefer more informative strategies where indications of multilingualism are made explicit.


Keywords


multilingualism; subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing; strategies; linguistic homogenisation; vehicular matching

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