Conversation repair and adult cochlear implantation: A qualitative case study

Lind, C., Hickson, L. M. H. and Erber, N. (2006) Conversation repair and adult cochlear implantation: A qualitative case study. Cochlear Implants International, 7 1: 33-48. doi:10.1002/cii.20

Author Lind, C.
Hickson, L. M. H.
Erber, N.
Title Conversation repair and adult cochlear implantation: A qualitative case study
Journal name Cochlear Implants International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-0100
Publication date 2006-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/cii.20
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 48
Total pages 16
Editor J. Graham
Place of publication London
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321025 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Hearing and Speech
730111 Hearing, vision, speech and their disorders
Abstract Conversation breakdown and repair has been suggested to be a common site of the disability arising from acquired hearing impairment in adults. This qualitative case study reports on certain consequences of the use of general versus specific conversation repair initiators for the resolution of repair sequences. The 47 repair sequences analysed in this paper arose in a single 20-minute free and unstructured conversation between an adult bilateral cochlear implantee and his wife, audio-recorded in a clinic setting. The repairs analysed in this paper were undertaken in response to either general (n = 18) or specific (n = 29) repair requests. No difference was found in the number of turns taken to resolve repairs in response to general or specific repair requests. Qualitative analysis demonstrated that uttering the repair initiator in the immediate vicinity of the miscommunicated portion of talk provided the primary cue to the conversation partner about the location and the content of what had been misunderstood. These preliminary findings imply a change to rehabilitation counselling offered to familiar communication partners. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keyword conversation analysis
repair sequences
familiar communication partner
rehabilitation counselling
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 10 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 15 Aug 2007, 10:02:47 EST