Directions in Sign Language Acquisition

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Gary Morgan, Bencie Woll
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 339 pages
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As the first book of its kind, this volume with contributions from many well known scholars brings together some of the most recent original work on sign language acquisition in children learning a variety of different signed languages (i.e., Brazilian Sign Language, American SL, SL of the Netherlands, British SL, SL of Nicaragua, and Italian SL). In addition, the volume addresses methodological and theoretical issues in both sign language research and child language development in general. The book includes both overview chapters addressing matters of general concern in the study of sign language acquisition and chapters related to more specific topics such as sign language phonology, complex sentence structure and verb phrase development. This book will be of interest to sign language researchers, child language specialists and communication disorders professionals alike. The material is presented in such a way that also novices to the area of sign language study will find the text accessible.
 

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Contents

Foundations of communication and the emergence of language
1
deaf children i
17
The Berkeley
55
The development of Italian Sign Language LIS in deaf preschoolers
77
Pointing out arguments for
115
The expression of grammatical relations by deaf toddlers learning
143
The acquisition of nonmanual morphology in ASL
159
Are young deaf children bilingual?
183
Acquisition
207
The development of complex sentences in British Sign Language
255
A view from research on spoken language development
277
Conclusions and directions for future research
291
Bibliography
305
Index
335
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