Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology
Online ISSN : 2435-7065
Finger Braille Interpreters’ Work of Communicating Multimodality to the Deafblind
Rui SAKAIDAMayumi BONO
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2021 Volume 20 Issue Special Pages S118-S124

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This paper reports how finger braille interpreters communicate multimodal information to the deafblind. Finger braille is a mode of communication that is used by and for deafblind people. Finger braille interpreters convey not only the content of an interlocutor’s utterances but also various behavioral and environmental information. Focusing on finger braille interpretation for Dr. Satoshi Fukushima, a deafblind man, we observed when and how interpreters communicate the multimodality of the interlocutor’s behavior, such as acknowledgment, nodding, laughter, and pointing gestures. The results suggest that multimodal information, which the interpreters convey through the deafblind person’s hands, can help the deafblind person understand the essence of the interlocutor’s remarks.

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