A Cognitive Semiotic Study of Students' Reading a Textless Image versus a Verbal Image

Roaa Hasan Ali, Shatha Aslaadi


This study explores fourth year college students'   content   retrieval from reading textless versus verbal images. Furthermore, it examines  the extent to which the respondents comprehend and understand them .The procedures include selecting an image from the internet, designing a written test with its rubrics and exposing it to jury members to ascertain its face validity. The data of this study were analyzed according to the adopted of Peirce's model (1931) of ' icon, index and symbol'. The researchers find out that most of the results were in favor of the verbal images, captions restrict readers' creativity to infer any additional message.

Keywords: Content retrieval, Textless images, Verbal images

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