Ribeiro, Ana Elisa
December 2010
Alfa: Revista de Lingüística;2010, Vol. 54 Issue 2, p505
Academic Journal
Assuming the implications of visual literacy for language studies and based on the Socio-semiotics of Kress and Van Leeuwen and elements of graphic composition like framing and salience, this paper reports a qualitative study on the illiterate children's perception of the layout of printed newspapers, here considered a nonlinear or a "mosaique" interfaces regime. In order to know the extraescolar "environmental literacy" of children, we applied a questionnaire to their parents. After the return of responses, interviews were made in which we observed how the children reacted to the proposed layout of the newspaper and some simulations of layouts. According to the answers of the questionnaires, all children were part of a culture in which printed objects were present. During the interviews, we could see that they recognize the proposed layout of newspaper's pages, even without knowing exactly what is news or reports. Conclude that children involved in the written culture, but still illiterate, know much about multimodality and relate well with fairer and non-linear interfaces.


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