ERIC Number: ED116363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Early Stages in the Acquisition of Negation by a Deaf Child of Deaf Parents. Research Report No. 94.
Ellenberger, Ruth L.; And Others
Videotapes of a deaf child of deaf parents were used to study the developmental stages and underlying processes involved in the child's acquisition of negation from age 28 months to age 41 months. The S was videotaped in spontaneous interaction with her mother or the experimenter for approximately 1 hour each month, and the films were transcribed into an English gloss notation by a team of deaf adults. Use of the negative headshake, a linguistic component of sign language, was the primary focus of study. Results revealed that the S acquired negation through stages comparable to those involved in hearing children's language acquisition. Findings suggested that the deaf are fully capable of learning to understand and use negation, and that a deaf child of deaf parents should not be considered to be communicating in a primitive or gestural manner if he negates sentences by using only a headshake. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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.