Advances in the Sign Language Development of Deaf Children

Hardcover | August 15, 2005

byBrenda Schick, Marc Marschark, Patricia Elizabeth Spencer

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The use of sign language has a long history. Indeed, humans' first languages may have been expressed through sign. Sign languages have been found around the world, even in communities without access to formal education. In addition to serving as a primary means of communication for Deafcommunities, sign languages have become one of hearing students' most popular choices for second-language study. Sign languages are now accepted as complex and complete languages that are the linguistic equals of spoken languages. Sign-language research is a relatively young field, having begunfewer than 50 years ago. Since then, interest in the field has blossomed and research has become much more rigorous as demand for empirically verifiable results have increased. In the same way that cross-linguistic research has led to a better understanding of how language affects development,cross-modal research has led to a better understanding of how language is acquired. It has also provided valuable evidence on the cognitive and social development of both deaf and hearing children, excellent theoretical insights into how the human brain acquires and structures sign and spokenlanguages, and important information on how to promote the development of deaf children. This volume brings together the leading scholars on the acquisition and development of sign languages to present the latest theory and research on these topics. They address theoretical as well as appliedquestions and provide cogent summaries of what is known about early gestural development, interactive processes adapted to visual communication, linguisic structures, modality effects, and semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic development in sign. Along with its companion volume, Advances in the Spoken Language Development of Deaf and Hard-of Hearing Children, this book will provide a deep and broad picture about what is known about deaf children's language development in a variety of situations and contexts. From this base of information,progress in research and its application will accelerate, and barriers to deaf children's full participation in the world around them will continue to be overcome.

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The use of sign language has a long history. Indeed, humans' first languages may have been expressed through sign. Sign languages have been found around the world, even in communities without access to formal education. In addition to serving as a primary means of communication for Deafcommunities, sign languages have become one of hea...

Brenda Schick is at University of Colorado, Boulder. Marc Marschark is at National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 6.3 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:August 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195180941

ISBN - 13:9780195180947

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Marc Marschark, Brenda Schick, and Patricia Elizabeth Spencer: Chapter 2. Dan I. Slobin: Issues of Linguistic Typology in the Study of Sign Language Development of Deaf ChildrenChapter 3. V. Volterra, J.M. Iverson, and M. Castrataro: The Development of Gesture in Hearing and Deaf ChildrenChapter 4. Patricia E. Spencer and Margaret Harris: Patterns and Effects of Language Input to Deaf Infants and Toddlers from Deaf and Hearing MothersChapter 5. Brenda Schick: Acquiring a Visually-Motivated Language: Evidence from Diverse LearnersChapter 6. Diane Anderson: Lexical Development of Deaf Children Acquiring Signed LanguagesChapter 7. Nini Hoiting: Deaf Children Are Verb Attenders: Early Sign Vocabulary Development in Dutch ToddlersChapter 8. Carol A. Padden: Learning to Fingerspell Twice: Young Signing Children's Acquisition of FingerspellingChapter 9. Richard P. Meier: Chapter 10. Deborah Chen Pichler: Acquisition of Syntax in Signed Languages Diane Lillo-Martin andChapter 11. Judy Reilly: How Faces Come To Serve Grammar: The Development of Non-Manual Morphology in ASLChapter 12. Barbara Shaffer: Deaf Children's Acquisition of Modal TermsChapter 13. Gary Morgan: The Development of Narrative Skills in British Sign LanguageChapter 14. Jenny L. Singleton and Dianne D. Morgan: Natural Signed Language Acquisition within the Social Context of the Classroom