UK, Spain, Italy, Poland, Denmark, France and Germany
Edited By Pablo Romero-Fresco
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As pointed out in the introduction to this volume, the heterogeneity of the audiovisual landscapes and hearing-impaired communities in every country as well as the different social, economic and political situation make it very difficult to even think about harmonising SDH practices in Europe. With this in mind, the researchers involved in this project have sought to embrace this heterogeneity, thus obtaining findings that are specific to the countries involved in the project and essential for the creation of national guidelines and others that are illustrative of European viewers (with and without hearing loss) as a whole.
Starting with the former, in Denmark, the great majority of the widely watched foreign programmes are in English, a language that most Danes claim to speak well enough in order to be able to follow the news on radio or television or to even have a conversation. Interlingual subtitling is the most common mode of audiovisual translation and intralingual subtitles for viewers with hearing loss are now becoming more common, with close to 100% of the domestic programmes currently offering SDH on five DR channels. The problem is that, according to the findings obtained in this study, many people (one in four amongst the deaf and almost half of the hard-of-hearing respondents) are not aware of this service, which should be advertised more widely amongst all viewers. Indeed, just as deaf and hard-of-hearing Danes watch interlingual subtitles even though they are not designed for viewers with hearing loss, SDH are also...
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