M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Communicative Disorders
Telecommunications devices for the deaf--Illinois--De Kalb
Many individuals who are congenitally deaf have considerable difficulty with written English. This may be problematic when they use TTYs to communicate with hearing people who are unfamiliar with deafness. The purpose of this study was to determine the comprehensibility of TTY messages to hearing individuals who have limited experience with deafiiess, American Sign Language, and TTYs. Twenty-one participants were asked to interpret the meanings of 20 TTY messages that were generated by individuals who are deaf. On a scale of zero to 100, overall accuracy scores for each participant had a mean of 79.3 and individual message comprehension ratings had a mean of 79.7. These data imply that although people who are deaf often have difficulty with written English they are able to convey the gist of the TTY messages to naive hearing people. Suggestions are also offered regarding future direction for research in this area.
Shoener, Jacy M., "The comprehensibility of teletypewriter (TTY) messages" (2000). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5368.
Northern Illinois University
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