ERIC Number: ED099889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Psycholinguistic Analysis of "Deaf English."
Charrow, Veda R.
The purpose of this study was to identify and provide normative data for weighting of those nonstandard linguistic features that make up deaf English. Subjects were prelingually or congenitally deaf high school students from the California School for the Deaf and a control group of normal-hearing fourth graders from a California public school. Seven subjects were children of deaf parents and eight were children of hearing parents. The test consisted of 50 deaf English sentences produced by deaf teenagers and 50 standard English sentences which were equivalent in meaning to the deaf English sentences. Sentences were presented on a cathode-ray tube to each subject individually. When the sentence disappeared from the screen, the subjects were required to write it on an answer sheet as they remembered it. By analyzing the results of this test, it was concluded that there appears to be a variety of nonstandard English that deaf students use instead of standard English and that the deaf have learned many obligatory standard English grammatical and morphological rules, but they apply them optionally. The appendix lists all test items used in the study, and a bibliography is supplied. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, August 30-September 3, 1974)