ERIC Number: ED107065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
A Developmental Study of Deaf Children's Semantic System.
Holmes, David W.; Green, Walter B.
To secure information relative to the developmental aspects of their meaning system as measured by the semantic differential technique, 154 residential students from the New York State School for the Deaf at Rome, New York were divided into five groups according to age and academic grade level and were administered a semantic differential. It was known from a previous investigation that the adjectives used as pole words were frequently, diversely, and independently used by deaf students and that they were derived on the basis of experimental investigation. Data supported the following findings: that the manner in which the youngest Ss experienced their environment and the language mechanism they utilized to encode their experiences appeared idiosyncratic, and that the middle group of Ss demonstrated the presence of strong evaluation and potency dimensions as have been found in investigations with normally hearing children. (GW)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Deafness, Exceptional Child Research, Hearing Impairments, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Maturation, Semantics
David W. Holmes Director of Auditory and Speech Pathology, New York State School for the Deaf, Rome, New York 13440
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ithaca Coll., NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech and Hearing Association (Las Vegas, Nevada, November 1974)