Influence of message error type on Korean adults' attitudes toward an individual who uses augmentative and alternative communication

Jae Ri Kim, Young Tae Kim, Hyun Jung Lee, Eun Hye Park

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The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of types of message errors on the attitudes of Korean adults toward a person who uses AAC. The attitudes of 72 adults who speak native Korean were examined through attitude questionnaires completed after viewing videotaped conversations between a boy with cerebral palsy and an adult without disabilities. Each interaction video involved a message with one of six error types, including various types of syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic errors. The participants provided information on their attitude towards the person who used AAC, and ranked their preferences among the six messages. The results provide evidence that attitudes towards the individual using AAC were most positive (in comparison with other conditions) when a pragmatic error was observed. Messages containing a syntactic error were ranked most favorably. Spearman's correlation analyses revealed some relationship between attitudes rating and preferences ranking. Our results provide evidence that specific language and cultural contexts may play an important role in shaping attitudes toward those who use AAC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Development Center to Support QoLT Industry and Infrastructures [100036459] and was funded by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy/Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (MKE/KEIT), Korea.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.


  • Adults
  • Attitudes
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)


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