To design more conversant AAC devices, we first need to develop a better understanding of the communicative problems CCN speakers face in their everyday life. To do that, project Converse aims to translate insight from socio-interactional research into usable knowledge to inform future AAC technologies.
In project Converse, we approach communication from an interactional and pragmatic perspective which sees language as the central resource that speakers use to perform actions in interaction. It is through language and embodied conduct that we can ask for salt while sitting around a dinner table, coordinate complex procedures in the operating room, or communicate with a friend in an AAC context. Rather than just a set of formal features stored in our brain then, language provides speakers with flexible and collaborative resources that sit at the core of human sociality and enable it.
The next blog posts will report on socio-interactional research and methods to explore communicative problems and solutions consequential to social interaction.