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Mediated First Language in Gestural Modality: Native Swedish Sign Language Acquisition Interactions at Storytime
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
(English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

This qualitative, longitudinal, single-case study aims to explore and describe naturalistic interactions between Deaf family members mediating their deaf twin acquiring Swedish Sign Language. The family was video-observed on 12 occasions from the child’s age of 10 months to 40 months. The participants’ actions and language structure are analyzed.

The results are presented in three age related segments transformations comprising actions in interactional style, gaze and structure of utterances. The first segment, from the child’s age of 10 to 13 months, includes primarily one-sign utterance with steady eye-contact or focus on an object with mediating, displaced signing as if the signing is from the child’s perspective. The second segment, from 15 to 24 months, includes altering, flexible gaze-contact, multi-phrases and narrative structure. The third segment includes conversations in dynamic visual-contact utilizing non-manual structure. Mediating factors like gaze, what-question and narrative, which could be useful for pedagogical purposes, are discussed.

Keyword [en]
Case-study, Swedish sign language aquisition, deaf family, qualitative
Keyword [sv]
Fallstudie, tillägnande av svenskt teckenspråk, Döv familj, kvalitativ
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Special Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85473OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-85473DiVA: diva2:583859
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2013-01-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Signs of Acquiring Bimodal Bilingualism Differently: A Longitudinal Case Study of Mediating a Deaf and a Hearing Twin in a Deaf Family
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Signs of Acquiring Bimodal Bilingualism Differently: A Longitudinal Case Study of Mediating a Deaf and a Hearing Twin in a Deaf Family
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation based on a case study explores the acquisition and the guidance of Swedish Sign Language and spoken Swedish over a span of seven years. Interactions between a pair of fraternal twins, one deaf and one hearing, and their Deaf[1] family were video-observed within the home setting.

The thesis consists of a frame which provides an overview of the relationship between four studies. These describe and analyze mainly storytime sessions over time. The first article addresses attentional expressions between the participants; the second article studies the mediation of the deaf twin’s first language acquisition; the third article analyses the hearing twins acquisition of parallel bimodal bilingualism; the fourth article concerns second language acquisition, sequential bimodal bilingualism following a cochlear implant (CI). In the frame, theoretical underpinnings such as mediation and language acquisition were compiled, within a sociocultural frame. This synthesis of results provides important information; in the 12- and 13-month sessions simultaneous-tactile-looking was noted in interchanges between the twins and their mother; mediation of bilingualism was scaffolded by the caregivers with the hearing twin by inserting single vocal words or signs into the language base used at that time, a finding that differs from other reported studies; a third finding is the simultaneousness in which the deaf child’s Swedish Sign Language skill worked as a cultural tool, to build a second and spoken language.

The findings over time revealed actions that included all the family members. Irrespective of the number of modes and varied types of communication with more than one child, mediation included following-in the child’s initiation, intersubjective meaningfulness and encouragement. In accordance with previous research, these factors seem to promote the acquisition of languages. In conclusion, these findings should also prove useful in the more general educational field.

[1] Deaf with a capital ‘D’ is commonly used for cultural affiliation whereas lower case ‘d’, as in deaf, refers to audiological status (Monaghan, Schmaling, Nakamura & Turner, 2003).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Special Education, Stockholm University, 2013. 89 p.
Keyword
bimodal bilingual acquisition, Swedish Sign Language, spoken Swedish, case study, longitudinal, sociocultural, mediation, interactional, twins, different hearing statuses, cochlear implant, tillägnande av bimodal bilingualitet, tvåspråkighet, svenskt teckenspråk, talad svenska, fallstudie, longitudinell, sociokulturell, mediering, interaktion, tvilling, hörselstatus, cochlea implantat
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Special Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86237 (URN)978-91-7447-625-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-02-15, Konradsbergsaulan, Campus Konradsberg, Konradsbergsgatan 7, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Disputationen tolkas till svensk teckenspråk, hörselslinga finns.

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Submitted. Paper 3: Accepted. Paper 4: Submitted.

Available from: 2013-01-24 Created: 2013-01-11 Last updated: 2013-02-22Bibliographically approved

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