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Photo sharing as a joint activity between an aphasic speaker and others

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Abstract

The chapter concerns the usages of a digital camera and digital photographs as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods in interaction between aphasic and non-challenged speakers. It focuses on the way in which a universal tool (the ‘ubi-tech’ method) can contribute to the fluency of spontaneous everyday interactions. The video-recorded conversation is analysed with conversation analytical methods. We highlight the way in which sharing photographs on the display of a digital camera affects the organisation of social activity through bringing in additional semiotic resources that empower the person with aphasia. The digital camera and photos also assist in manifesting the epistemic status of a knowing participant who otherwise tends to be limited by communicative constraints.

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