A Case Study of Tactile Language and its Possible Structure: A Tentative Outline to Study Tactile Language Systems among Children with Congenital Deafblindness
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jesper Dammeyer
University of Copenhagen, Department of Psychology
Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 1353 København K, Denmark
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 09, 2015; Accepted date: April 24, 2015; Published date: April 28, 2015
Citation: Dammeyer J, Nielsen A, Strøm E, Hendar O, Eiriksdottir VK (2015) A Case Study of Tactile Language and its Possible Structure: A Tentative Outline to Study Tactile Language Systems among Children with Congenital Deafblindness. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing 3:133. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000133
Copyright: © 2015 Dammeyer J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Few published research papers concern the study of communication and language development among children with congenital deafblindness. The aim of this study is to explore and discuss linguistic features of what may be considered as tactile languages. By analysing one pilot video observation of a five year old congenital deafblind child communicating with his mother about a slide experience tactile linguistic features of phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax were explored. The linguistic features of tactile language were found to involve a potential unique and complex structure based on direction, speed, and acceleration of movements, pressure, and body position. It is discussed how tactile languages, if they exist, can be studied from its unique bodily-tactile nature and not as a modification of visual sign languages.