The use of repair strategies: Bilingual deaf children using sign language and spoken language

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Abstract

THE LANGUAGE EFFECTS on repair strategies employed by 7 bilingual deaf children (native signers who also used spoken language) was examined. During two sessions - one conducted in sign language and the other in spoken language - each child described a picture. The examiner stopped the child twice to request clarification. The children's responses to the requests were coded into seven repair strategies. Results indicated that language mode significantly influenced repair strategy behavior: In sign language, the children used a greater frequency, variety, and level of strategies. The position of the clarification request also had an effect: Later in the sequence, the children used more advanced strategies. It was assumed that these native signers evidenced a higher language level in sign, which allowed them to use more advanced communicational strategies in sign than in spoken language. This performance gap should be considered in intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-314
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Annals of the Deaf
Volume148
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

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