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ERIC Number: ED142018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 22
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Structured Semantic Relations in a Communication System Developed without a Language Model: An Ergative System.
Goldin-Meadow, Susan
Longitudinal observations of six congenitally deaf children (1-4 years old) with hearing parents were performed to determine the structure of semantic relation representation. Ss' semantic relation phrases were analyzed in terms of case relations. Cases were found to be distinguishable from each other in terms of production probability. Two different types of agent cases were distinguished, one of which, the agent of an intransitive relation, was found to resemble the "patient" of a transitive relation in terms of production probability. Findings suggested that despite a lack of explicit conventional language model, the deaf child's communication system resembles aspects of certain natural languages. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the convention of the Society for Research in Child Development (Biennial, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)