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Organisation de l'information et stratégie à l'écrit dans le locked-in syndrome

Abstract : Patients affected with locked-in syndrome suffer from a severe paralysis that leaves them with no other option than using alternative communication methods based on writing. Using such devices can be lengthy and laborious, therefore we investigate whether a patient can develop information organisation strategies in order to optimally express their thoughts while reducing the cost of motor execution. We analyse the letters of a LIS patient on a time period of 9 years, according to Chafe's model (1992) of information flow in written language (more violations to the « light subject » constraint when compared to spoken language, and increased information integration thanks to the use of certain syntaxic structures). Our results show that the patient does not appear to use a strategy based on increased information integration, but rather, it seems, on increased implication of her readers in meaning interpretation, on the mobilisation of shared knowledge, and on dialogic organisation of the text. We conclude with some recommendations regarding the re-education of LIS patients' communication.
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Claire Boilley. Organisation de l'information et stratégie à l'écrit dans le locked-in syndrome. Linguistique. 2015. ⟨dumas-01191670⟩



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