ERIC Number: ED079912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Communication -- Some Unanswered Questions and Some Unquestioned Answers. Occasional Paper #10.
Moores, Donald F.
Presented are issues, background information, and a definition pertaining to manual communication, and explored are aspects of language development in aurally handicapped children. Proposed is a functional definition of American Sign Language, with High(H) (a system that accommodates itself to English, such as manual English) and Low (L) (a system possessing its own rules, such as Native Sign Language) variants. Discussed in relation to communications systems for the deaf are Bernstein's concepts of sociolinguistic codes and classes. Contrasted with language development in deaf children of deaf parents is language development in deaf children of hearing parents, and suggested for children of deaf parents is the learning of a dialect of American Sign Language as a first language, and, later, the learning of a more formal American dialect as a second language. Examined are problems of teachers and parents in developing sign language proficiency, and recommended are such alternatives as a home training program for deaf infants and parents, managed by an education specialist and taught by deaf adults, teacher training by deaf adults, or classroom instruction involving team teacheing with a deaf teacher, a hearing teacher, and a speech therapist. Briefly discussed are benefits and practical limitations of research as an agent of change. (MC)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research, Development, and Demonstration Center in Education of Handicapped Children.