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ERIC Number: ED248261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Deaf Children's Developing Competencies in Manual English and American Sign Language.
Gonter, Martha A.; Hoemann, H.
Language tests were administered by videotape to 27 deaf children taught to sign English. The tests, one in manual English (ME) and the other in American Sign Language (ASL) each included twelve grammatical distinctions: two aspects of adjectival modification (opposition and ordering), two types of pluralization (is/are and indicative in ME, dual indexing and duplication in ASL), past and future tenses, passive voice, possessive pronouns, negation, conjunction, preposition, and direct versus indirect objects. Performance improved on both tests from ages 5 to 12. Subtests which measured grammatical distinctions known to be difficult for young children, such as direct versus indirect objects, produced many errors on both tests. Sensitivity to age-related differences and the relative difficulty of the various subtests support this approach to the measurement of deaf children's concurrent development of competence in English and ASL. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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