ERIC Number: ED263708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Morphology without a Conventional Language Model.
Goldin-Meadow, Susan; Mylander, Carolyn
The study examined whether deaf children's gesture systems are structured at the morpheme level of analysis. A 3-year-old deaf child from the authors' previous study was selected and all of his characterizing signs produced during a 2-hour naturalistic play session in his home were videotaped. Each sign was coded in terms of its handshape, motion, and place of articulation. Analysis revealed that his signs could be described in terms of handshape form/measuring categories and motion form/meaning categories. His signs were composed of a limited and discrete set of 10 hand and 9 motion forms each of which was consistently associated with a distinct meaning and recurred across lexical items. Further analysis suggested that he used discrete forms to represent objects, actions, and traits in his world despite the fact that one can manually represent movements and shapes in a continuous fashion. His signs also appeared to be organized in relation to one another, as opposed to being organized only in relation to the objects they represent. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: In: CLS20. Papers from the Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (20th, 1984), edited by Joseph Drogo, et al. p.121-135. Small print may affect legibility.