Some trouble with repair: conversations between children with cochlear implants and hearing peers

Church, Amelia, Paatsch, Louise and Toe, Dianne 2017, Some trouble with repair: conversations between children with cochlear implants and hearing peers, Discourse studies, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 49-68, doi: 10.1177/1461445616683592.

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Title Some trouble with repair: conversations between children with cochlear implants and hearing peers
Author(s) Church, Amelia
Paatsch, LouiseORCID iD for Paatsch, Louise
Toe, DianneORCID iD for Toe, Dianne
Journal name Discourse studies
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Start page 49
End page 68
Total pages 20
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1461-4456
Keyword(s) children with cochlear implants
conversation analysis
deafness education
peer interaction
pragmatic development
Summary This article investigates differences in pragmatic abilities between children who have cochlear implants and their hearing peers. Recordings of 10-minute conversations between 10 children with cochlear implants (children with age-equivalent language scores) and a hearing peer were transcribed. Conversation analysis provides insights into interactional troubles not evident in broader measures of number of turns, requests for clarification, topic initiation and so on used in earlier studies. How the children go about repair proves of particular interest; other-initiated repair that prompts the speaker to repeat the prior utterance is, not surprisingly, more commonly produced by the children who have cochlear implants. The key contribution of this article, however, is to detail examples where children with cochlear implants choose not to initiate repair of an error made by their hearing friend. The discussion not only highlights the interactional cost of initiating repair, but also demonstrates that not doing repair can cause a breakdown in conversation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1461445616683592
Field of Research 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio Economic Objective 939907 Special Needs Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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