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Bringing Some Core AAC Issues and Blissymbolics Together

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Access to core vocabulary, AAC and literacy development, AAC and development of language; these are three main themes in the AAC research and practice which importance has been stressed repeatedly and increasingly while the field has developed towards maturity. Seen from the perspective of those of us using Blissymbolics, this may sometimes appear somewhat ironical, as all these aspects have been so central from the very start of applying Bliss in AAC in the 1970s. While Bliss was largely pushed aside by pictorial image libraries these three fundamental aspects were also partly lost, and have again had to be re-introduced in the AAC practice. This said, there are good reasons to scrutinise the situation regarding all the three themes in the current state and practices of Blissymbolics.
This presentation will analyse what Blissymbolics has to bring to the AAC toolbox, and what advancements that have recently been made, and will still be needed. Examples from the three themes will be presented. These will illustrate the potential of free expression in Bliss as well as existing limitations, show how morphology and syntax is expressed in Bliss and can be used to clarify language structure, including adjustments to different languages to support literacy learning. Finally examples will be given which show how Bliss provides AAC and language learning to grow with from preschool years through to adulthood.
No knowledge about Blissymbolics is needed in advance. The presentation will serve as an introduction to the core features of the Bliss-language.

Author(s):

Mats Lundälv    
Blissymbolics Communication International
Sweden

Margareta Jennische    
INST NEUROVETENSKAP, UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden

 

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