ERIC Number: ED193618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Comprehension of Metaphorical Uses of English by Deaf Children. Technical Report No. 184.
Iran-Nejad, Asghar; And Others
The results of two experiments on understanding metaphors were found to be incompatible with the popular view that deaf children have particular problems in understanding metaphorical uses of natural language. Profoundly deaf children were presented with several short stories and were instructed to select (from a set of four alternatives) the sentence they thought best completed the story. In the first experiment 46 deaf children ranging in age from 9 to 17 years clearly demonstrated their ability to understand novel metaphorical uses of English. In the second experiment ten 14-year-old deaf children who were given feedback on four initial practice items selected the correct metaphorical alternative significantly more often than those who saw no practice items. It was concluded that deaf children probably do not suffer from some special deficiency uniquely associated with metaphor. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Academy of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.