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Repair strategies to breakdowns in everyday interaction by Malay children with repaired cleft

Saad, Mohammad Azannee and Mohd Jan, Jariah (2017) Repair strategies to breakdowns in everyday interaction by Malay children with repaired cleft. In: 6th University of Malaya Discourse and Society International Conference, 5th-6th December 2017, Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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Repair to conversational breakdowns is important so that mutual understanding between speakers can be restored. Strategies to repair may include but not limited to repetition of trouble source, addition or deletion. However, repair work requires speakers to be equipped with necessary linguistic and cognitive skills (Cho &Larke, 2011) which may be problematic for children with certain disabilities. This study aims to examine how children with such background repair conversational breakdowns that occur during interactions with their parents. Recorded data of interactions within three Malay families, consisting of parents and their children with repaired cleft lip and/or palate, serve as the primary data source. The interactions were recorded during a period of between 14 to 21 months and transcribed using Jefferson’s Transcription Convention (2004). The occurrences of repair strategies were coded and then analysed using Philip’s Repair Initiation Strategies (2008). Results generally show that children with repaired cleft lip and/or palate mostly use open-class repair initiation strategies such as “huh?” which is known to be a weak repair initiator because of their inability to localise the type of trouble source that precedes a turn. Further, “inappropriate” strategy, which is often used, resulted in breakdown sequence thus making repair work a time consuming process. The implications of the study will also be presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 9606/82356
Uncontrolled Keywords: repair strategies, parent-child interaction, Malay, cleft lip and/or palate
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Language & Literacy
Depositing User: Dr Mohammad Azannee Saad
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 15:02
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 15:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/82356

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