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Signed soliloquy: visible private speech


Zimmermann, K; Brugger, P (2013). Signed soliloquy: visible private speech. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 18(2):261-270.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:05 Nov 2013 17:18
Last Modified:16 Feb 2018 18:19
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1081-4159
Additional Information:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Zimmermann, K; Brugger, P (2013). Signed soliloquy: visible private speech. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 18(2):261-270. is available online at: DOI: 10.1093/deafed/ens072
OA Status:Hybrid
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/deafed/ens072
PubMed ID:23325673

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