Tid: onsdag 15 maj 2013 kl. 15.00 - 17.00
Plats: C397, Österbergsalen, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium äger rum direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


The presentations discusses the main results of my PhD research (Tapio 2013) which explores English language in the everyday life of Finnish Sign Language (FinSL) signers. The PhD study is done through Mediated Discourse Analysis and its practical research procedure nexus analysis, which is based on the ethnographic research paradigm (R. Scollon, 2001; R. Scollon & Scollon, 2004; Norris & Jones, 2005; also Blommaert & Huang, 2009).

This study draws on different types of data from both educational settings and everyday situations beyond, aiming at an examination of situated social actions from many perspectives. The data collected in a school consists of observations, interviews, and multiple data from co-participatory research projects with a focus group of teachers and pupils. Later, complementary sets of data were collected outside the school context in order to broaden the perspective on the phenomena in question.

The study shows how the actions FinSL signers take with English are complex, multimodal, multilingual and deeply situated, and offer affordances for succesful participation in foreign language in question. I argue, that the complexity, multimodality and situated nature of such actions challenge the traditional views on language learning and language teaching, and that the ecological view on language learning would provide a fruitful base for teaching English to diverse learners such as sign language signers.

Since the goal of a nexus analysis is to navigate the broader discourses circulating the social actions in question, the study discusses the local discourses in the school in question, and also the more general and broader discourses suchs as 'English input through hearing' as well as discourses on the goals and curricula of English. These discourses will be discussed in relation to the results of multimodal analysis on interaction done inside the research project (e.g. Norris, 2004).

Blommaert, J., & Huang, A. (2009). Historical bodies and historical space. Journal of Applied Linguistics, 6(3), 267-282.
Norris, S. (2004). Analyzing multimodal interaction: A methodological framework. London: Taylor & Francis Group.
Norris, S., & Jones, R., H. (Eds.). (2005). Discourse in action: Introducing mediated discourse analysis. London: Routledge.
Scollon, R. (2001). Mediated discourse: The nexus of practice. London: Routledge.
Scollon, R., & Scollon, S. W. (2004). Nexus analysis - discourse and the emerging internet. New York, NY: Routledge.
Tapio, E. (2013). A nexus analysis of English in the everyday life of FinSL signers – a multimodal view on interaction. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylä Univeristy Printing House.

Johanna Mesch