Dialogue in Deaf and Hearing Preschoolers The language interactions of pairs of preschool-age deaf and preschool-age hearing children were recorded in play sessions and analyzed according to a system for assessing dialogue that has been developed by the second author, In the system, each person over the course of a dialogue is seen its playing two ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1982
Dialogue in Deaf and Hearing Preschoolers
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Laura S. McKirdy
    Lake Drive School for Hearing Impaired Children, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
  • Marion Blank
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1982
Dialogue in Deaf and Hearing Preschoolers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1982, Vol. 25, 487-499. doi:10.1044/jshr.2504.487
History: Received October 7, 1980 , Accepted July 9, 1981
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1982, Vol. 25, 487-499. doi:10.1044/jshr.2504.487
History: Received October 7, 1980; Accepted July 9, 1981

The language interactions of pairs of preschool-age deaf and preschool-age hearing children were recorded in play sessions and analyzed according to a system for assessing dialogue that has been developed by the second author, In the system, each person over the course of a dialogue is seen its playing two roles: one as speaker-initiator (who puts forth ideas) the other as speaker-responder (who responds to the ideas that have been put forth by the partner in the dialogue). The results indicated that both roles were used by the deaf and the hearing dyads, but their pattern of performance was different. As speaker-initiators, the deaf children displayed it narrower range of complexity in their utterances. As speaker-responders, they were less likely to respond to utterances of their partners, particularly those utterances in the form of comments, and they more readily showed difficulties in responding appropriately its their partner's initiations increased in complexity. The discussion focuses on the implications of viewing language performance within a communication framework.

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