Laura Horton, Ph.D.
62 Goodnight Hall @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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In this presentation, I will discuss collaborative work with Jenny Singleton (Stony Brook University) and Amy Lederberg (Georgia State University) on the pragmatics of teacher-student interactions in early elementary classrooms (kindergarten through second grade) focusing on visual attention management and turn-taking strategies. All students in the study are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Using a video corpus of classroom interactions, we compare teacher-student interactions during group book-sharing in ASL-signing classrooms and spoken English classrooms, describing teachers’ language use and visually anchored socializing practices. I will discuss the demands and affordances of book-sharing using a visual language and being a DHH learner in this instructional context.