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How do the participants make aided conversations in their everyday interaction? A research plan.

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How do the participants make aided conversations in their everyday interaction? A research plan.

Aim:
Persons with communicative disabilities and their conversational partners face many challenges in their everyday interaction. At the same time, they usually have many ways to handle conversations. The aim of this study is to describe participants’ co-operation in aided conversations. This poster session will introduce research plan and the aim is also to discuss with other researchers who are interested in the topic.

Method:
The participants of this study will be 3-4 school-aged individuals with communicative disabilities and their mothers, peers and speech therapists. The data will consist of their videotaped conversations in everyday situations. Participants with communicative disabilities use both their individual communication book and a Finnish communication application named TAIKE. The videotaped data will be transcribed and analysed using the methodology of Conversation Analysis (CA). In this study the central concepts are sequence organization and turn-taking.

Results:
According to CA, a researcher must first look carefully at the conversation data and observe what kind of features of conversation will arise from them. Because the data of this study will be large and multiple, there will be find plenty of different features that are worth analysing for example multimodality and participant`s interpretations and confirms.

Conclusion:
This poster will present the preliminary findings of the analysis, as well as tentative definitions and interpretations of the phenomena that will be in focus, to be discussed with those interested in the topic and the method.

Author(s):

Irina Savolainen    
University of Helsinki
Finland

Kaisa Launonen    
University of Helsinki
Finland

 

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