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

journal contribution
posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Church, Louise PaatschLouise Paatsch, Dianne Toe
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.

History

Journal

Discourse studies

Volume

19

Issue

1

Pagination

49 - 68

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1461-4456

eISSN

1461-7080

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, The Authors