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Collaborative storytelling with a person with aphasia

Killmer, H; Beeke, S; Svennevig, J; (2021) Collaborative storytelling with a person with aphasia. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders , 11 (1) pp. 78-104. 10.1558/jircd.20902. Green open access

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This study explores practices employed by a person with aphasia (PWA) and his wife to organize collaborative storytelling in a multiparty interaction. We identify practices that further the PWA’s agency – his impact on action – while he is telling a story together with his wife. METHOD: Using conversation analysis (CA), we carried out a case study of a successful storytelling sequence involving a 39-year-old man with anomic aphasia during a conversation with friends. ANALYSIS: The PWA contributed to the storytelling by initiating the story sequence and by producing short but significant utterances in which he provided essential information and displayed epistemic authority. The spouse aligned with the PWA’s initiated actions and supported his agency by giving him room to speak, for example, by gaze retraction. DISCUSSION: The analysis offers insight into practices that allowed this PWA to achieve agency. Our findings show that communication partner training could benefit from implementing activities such as collaborative storytelling.

Type: Article
Title: Collaborative storytelling with a person with aphasia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1558/jircd.20902
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1558/jircd.20902
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021, Equinox Publishing. This is an Open Access publication distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137935
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