Across the Borders of Typhlopedagogy and SLA: New Research Problems, Recent Findings, Perspectives

  • Małgorzata JedynakEmail author
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


Typhlopedagogy as a branch of pedagogy dealing with education of the visually impaired has recognized a potential of these learners in the field of second language acquisition. The comparative analysis of blind and sighted people provides much information about the nature of language acquisition. The article focuses on various aspects related to language acquisition in the context of the learners with visual impairment. There are two main aims of the article. Firstly, it presents the research related to first language acquisition by these learners. Secondly, the author attempts to answer a question concerning the possible success of the visually impaired learners in second language acquisition. The paper discusses the following problems: language and cognition, lexical development, the role of input, sound perception and production. Though the mere process of learning may differ because the visually impaired and sighted learners do not follow the same route when acquiring the second language, there is no doubt that both groups are able to achieve success in second language acquisition. Finally, the author discusses a direction of further research that should focus on providing neurolinguistic evidence for the brain functioning in the visually impaired learners and linguistic evidence for the assumed advantage of this group in the phonological/phonetic domain.


Foreign Language Language Acquisition Mental Lexicon Impaired Learner Blind Subject 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wrocław UniversityWrocławPoland

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