Journal Article

Signed Soliloquy: Visible Private Speech

Kathrin Zimmermann and Peter Brugger

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 261-270
Published in print April 2013 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online March 2013 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/ens072
Signed Soliloquy: Visible Private Speech

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Talking to oneself can be silent (inner speech) or vocalized for others to hear (private speech, or soliloquy). We investigated these two types of self-communication in 28 deaf signers and 28 hearing adults. With a questionnaire specifically developed for this study, we established the visible analog of vocalized private speech in deaf signers. “Signed soliloquy” is employed regularly and valued as an integral part of everyday functioning. Deaf signers were also found to engage in inner speech, which appeared to have a mostly affirmative character. Together, the findings demonstrate a significantly more frequent use of both inner and private speech in the deaf sample. They underscore the benefits of self-talk in general and provide the first-ever description of an intriguing phenomenon in deaf signers’ self-communication, that is, signed soliloquy.

Journal Article.  5541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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