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Interpretation and Construction of Meaning of Bliss-words in Children
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
2015 (English)In: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC, ISSN 0743-4618, E-ISSN 1477-3848, Vol. 31, no 2, 97-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Blissymbolics as a graphic symbol system has the potential to represent a large number of vocabulary items using a small number of basic Bliss-characters. The aim of this project was to investigate how children with typical development, aged 3 years to 7 years 11 months, interpreted Bliss-characters and compound Bliss-words and then constructed their own Bliss-words. Children participated in a teaching procedure that included explanations and feedback on the structure and meaning of Bliss-characters. Their spontaneous interpretations of Bliss-characters and their ability to construct new Bliss-words were explored. Results suggest that Bliss-characters, although not very transparent, evoked spontaneous linguistic activities and were retained after brief explanations. Children aged 5 years and older appeared to discover the logic of the structure of Bliss-words. Children of all ages used Bliss-characters to represent new ideas. Some chose Bliss-characters resembling adult representations of concepts, others chose Bliss-characters representing personal associations. In sum, children retained many of the Bliss-characters after a relatively brief exposure and demonstrated semantic creativity in interpretation and construction of Bliss-words.

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2015. Vol. 31, no 2, 97-107 p.
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Blissymbolics, Augmentative and alternative communication, Graphic symbols, Language development, Word-formation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256210DOI: 10.3109/07434618.2015.1036117ISI: 000354794600002PubMedID: 25916273OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256210DiVA: diva2:840024
Available from: 2015-07-06 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-07-06Bibliographically approved

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