Abstract Patterns of power, leadership, authority and status within a group are all displayed in interaction and materially affect the flow of natural conversation. Authority and status, often accorded by mentally handicapped children on the basis of self‐assessments of communicative competence, can constitute important local resources which enable one of the parties to assume the role of co‐ordinator of the conversational interaction. In this case the interaction comes to comprise a type of setting known as an ‘orchestrated encounter’, where the talk takes a particular form which deviates from mundane everyday conversations. We use the notion of'orchestrated encounter’ to demonstrate the communicative competence of some children with severe learning difficulties.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health