ERIC Number: ED247706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of the Language Development of Three Deaf Children of Hearing Parents.
A longitudinal study followed the language acquisition of three deaf infants. Analysis of videotapes recorded in the child's home during informal play was performed in terms of communicative gestures. Results revealed that Ss used a very limited number of hand configurations, locations for signs, and hand and arm movements. Analysis of the gestures showed that there was a great deal of similarity in the components used by the three Ss. Ss presented consistent patterns in their gestures. Although the single gesture utterance was the most common communicative form, all Ss did combine gestures to form two-gesture utterances. Speech was infrequently used, and all Ss had larger gestural than spoken lexicons at 30 months. It was possible for elements in two gesture utterances and word/gesture combinations to be produced simultaneously. The content of the utterances indicated that they were able to express the same semantic relationships as hearing children at a similar stage of language development. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at a Seminar on Early Intervention for Young Hearing-Impaired Children (Mt. Gravatt, Queensland, Australia, June 15-16, 1981). For the proceedings, see EC 170 057.