From gesture to language in hearing and deaf children
Virginia Volterra, Carol Erting
Springer-Verlag, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 335 pages
This edited collection aims to bring together recent research on the use of communicative gesturing in the first two years of life as an important step in the child's transition to a linguistic system. This topic has been approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Researchers studying hearing children have regarded some communicative gestures as precursors to the acquisiton of spoken language. They have also drawn attention to other gestures that show striking similarities in content and sequence of development to first words. Studies of deaf children exposed to sign language have seen early gestures as the first evidence of the child's acquisition of the linguistic system, while researchers who have studied deaf children without exposure to sign language have considered their gesturing as the creation of a linguistic system. This collection of readings provides an opportunity to compare research on children in the earliest stages of communicative development who not only have different primary modalities for language but who also are exposed to differing linguistic inputs. The volume aims to illustrate the contribution of a variety of research questions, strategies and results toward the development of a unifying theoretical model of the transition from gesture to language.
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From Gesture to Language in Hearing and Deaf Children
Virginia Volterra,Carol J. Erting
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15 months action adult American Sign Language analysis analyzed appear Bates behavior Bellugi Caselli characterizing gestures children of deaf children produced code-switching cognitive context cross-sectional study Dave Dave's deaf child deaf mothers deaf parents deictic gestures developmental early example exposed extended eye contact facial expression fingerspelling frequently function gaze gestural communication gestural modality gestural production gestures and words Goldin-Meadow grammatical hand handshape haptic hearing children hearing-impaired children home signs imitation index finger indicate infants input intentional communication interaction investigator language acquisition language development linguistic longitudinal manual meaning months of age morphemes movement object observed occurred palm pointing gesture prelinguistic pronoun reversal pronouns refer referential gestures relationship reported request Salk Institute second age semantic session spatial specific speech combinations spoken language spontaneous stage structure subjects substitutions symbolic gestures symbolic play Table thumb utterances verbal videotaped visual vocabulary vocal Volterra