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“Do you understand (me)?” negotiating mutual understanding by using gaze and environmentally coupled gestures between two deaf signing participants (2020)


Sivunen, Nina; Tapio, Elina (2020). “Do you understand (me)?” negotiating mutual understanding by using gaze and environmentally coupled gestures between two deaf signing participants. Applied Linguistics Review, Early online. DOI: 10.1515/applirev-2019-0065


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All authors or editors: Sivunen, Nina; Tapio, Elina

Journal or series: Applied Linguistics Review

ISSN: 1868-6303

eISSN: 1868-6311

Publication year: 2020

Volume: Early online

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

Publication country: Germany

Publication language: English

DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2019-0065

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71845


Abstract

In this paper we explore the use of multimodal and multilingual semiotic resources in interactions between two deaf signing participants, a researcher and an asylum seeker. The focus is on the use of gaze and environmentally coupled gestures. Drawing on multimodal analysis and linguistic ethnography, we demonstrate how gaze and environmentally coupled gestures are effective semiotic resources for reaching mutual understanding. The study provides insight into the challenges and opportunities (deaf) asylum seekers, researchers, and employees of reception centres or the state may encounter because of the asymmetrical language competencies. Our concern is that such asymmetrical situations may be created and maintained by ignoring visual and embodied resources in interaction and, in the case of deaf asylum seekers, by unrealistic expectations towards conventionalized forms of international sign.


Keywords: interaction; deaf; hearing-impaired people; migrants; asylum seekers; multimodality; gestures; facial expressions; gaze; meanings (semantics); comprehension; refugee reception centres

Free keywords: multimodal interaction; meaning-making; mutual understanding; asymmetrical interaction; deaf


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