CANCELLED!!! Guest Lecture by Laura Sterponi
THE LECTURE IS CANCELLED!
13.03.2020 kl. 10.15 - 12.00
THE LECTURE IS CANCELLED!
Guest Lecture by Laura Sterponi: Rethinking repetitive language in autism
In this lecture, Laura Sterponi from University of California, Berkeley, invites rethinking autistic language from two distinctive and complementary perspectives: 1) the interactional perspective, which considers talk as always situated in interpersonal context; and 2) the phenomenological perspective, which attends to the indexical and experiential properties of verbal expression.
Rethinking repetitive language in autism: interactional and phenomenological perspectives.
In this paper, I invite rethinking autistic language from two distinctive and complementary perspectives: 1) the interactional perspective, which considers talk as always situated in interpersonal context; and 2) the phenomenological perspective, which attends to the indexical and experiential properties of verbal expression. These two perspectives have affinities with ethnomethodology as well as language socialization research, which approach language as praxis, rooted in the sociocultural context. I aim to argue that these treatments of language allow for a more nuanced understanding of prototypical characteristics of autistic communication. I shall provide illustration with an excursus into autism echolalia.
Drawing from a corpus of videorecorded spontaneous interactions of children with autism with their family members, I examine four video extracts featuring repetitive language. In each segment, I begin by noting the presence of echoic utterances and how they might easily be interpreted as simple manifestations of an underlying disorder. I then offer an analysis that attends to language in context and language as experience and demonstrates the range of insights that can be gained by engaging the interactional and phenomenological perspectives.
I first analyze echolalia in a 6-year-old autistic girl whose talk is largely made up of formulaic utterances. I show that even the most functionally opaque and seemingly autonomic form of echolalia produced by the girl is highly synchronized with surrounding talk and is marked metacommunicatively as soliciting no uptake. Second, I examine the production of formulaic language strips in a 4.5-year-old autistic boy. I show that rather than being monological strings uttered all at once by the child with autism, formulaic sequences are developed conjointly; that is they are co-constructed between the child and his interlocutor. Third, I consider a segment in which a 5.5-year-old autistic boy, engaged in a drawing with his grandmother, revoices his teacher’s instruction from past art classes, as scaffold for his ongoing activity. Last, I unpack a sequence in which a 6-year-old autistic boy utters highly repetitive speech within a perseverative language game. I show how repetition affords linguistic structures of engagement, elements of dialogic resonance and the production of cross-speakers reverberations.
A close analysis of the composition of autistic utterances and their position in sequential context brings to light the complexity and the interactional significance of autistic repetitive speech. Echolalia might be among the most ordinary enactments of language in autism. In this experiential and expressive mode, we find autistic children relating, appropriating, transforming and creating.
The guest lecture is organized by the Centre for Cultural Psychology (CCP) in co-operation with the DFF Research Network: Transition and Sustainability of Communicative Competencies in Interactions Involving Young People with Communication Disabilities (TransComm).
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