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ERIC Number: EJ847884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1046-8781
How a Deaf Boy Gamed His Way to Second-Language Acquisition: Tales of Intersubjectivity
Salies, Tania Gastao; Starosky, Priscila
Simulation & Gaming, v39 n2 p209-239 2008
Taking an experiential approach to language development, this article links gaming to the language development of a 10-year-old deaf child under speech therapy. Specifically, it examines face-to-face interactions between mediators and the child, during 1 year of gaming in clinical encounters. To do so, it codes data by means of interactional variables (intentionality and subjectivity/intersubjectivity) and textual variables (function versus content words). Results show that gaming yielded affordances in the use of strategic behavior and syntax by the child. They also reveal that repetition is a recurrent communicative strategy that contributes to meaning making, culture learning, and discursive involvement. Furthermore, role reversals by the child and the mediators suggest that gaming played a constitutive part in the development of the boy's subjectivity/intersubjectivity--ultimately, in his development of Portuguese as a second language. (Contains 3 figures, 5 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil