Conversation analytic investigations of dysarthria and hearing impairment: The impact of motor and sensory impairments on social interaction
Subject Areas: Linguistics
As an introduction to this special issue on conversation analytic investigations of dysarthria and hearing impairment I provide a brief introduction to conversation analysis (CA) and discuss previous research which has used this approach to analyse dysarthria and hearing impairment. Specifically, I focus on three themes which are common to both types of interaction and which are present in the papers in this special issue: other-initiation of repair activity, overlapping talk, and interactional adaptation. Finally, some future directions for further research are highlighted, including work investigating the relationship between forms of communicative impairment and distinctive features of talk-in-interaction, and the possibility of developing interaction-focused intervention programmes for dysarthria or hearing-impairment.
Author: Ray Wilkinson
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