Interpretation and Construction of Meaning of Bliss-words in Children
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 31, no 2, 97-107 p.
Blissymbolics, Augmentative and alternative communication, Graphic symbols, Language development, Word-formation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256210DOI: 10.3109/07434618.2015.1036117ISI: 000354794600002PubMedID: 25916273OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256210DiVA: diva2:840024