Deaf ways of writing narratives : translation vs. direct composition in deaf groups with different bilingual skills

Koutsoubou, Maria (2004). Deaf ways of writing narratives : translation vs. direct composition in deaf groups with different bilingual skills. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University, London)

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the writing process in narratives by Greek deaf students in two different conditions: a) translation from Greek Sign Language into written Greek from video stimuli and b) direct composition in written Greek from picture stimuli.
Following language assessments, the deaf students were divided into three language groups according to their differing abilities in Greek Sign Language and written Greek:. Two parameters were manipulated: language skills and source material used or writing. The study aims to answer the questions:

a) How do the different groups make use of the source material (Le. Which students benefit from the use of sign language)?
b) Which material produces better written texts? and
c) What are the characteristics of the language produced, among the different groups (Le. the profile of errors)?

Four qualitative analyses have been undertaken on the texts: amount/type of information given, organisation of information, grammatical characteristics of the text, and error analysis. The results show that the use of sign language in the writing process has positive effects only on specific groups and on specific aspects of writing.

Keywords: Deaf students, writing, narratives, bilingualism, translation, direct writing.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: City, University of London theses
School of Health Sciences > Department of Language & Communication Science
City, University of London theses > School of Health Sciences theses
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18925

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