ERIC Number: ED314880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Speech and Gestural Communication between Oral Deaf Children and Oral Deaf Mothers.
de Villiers, Jill; And Others
This paper investigates deaf children of deaf parents who do not use formal sign language. Interactions of two deaf mother-deaf child dyads were videotaped every 2 months for 3 years from 14 and 22 months of age. Mothers and children both made extensive use of gestures. Findings included: (1) the rate of gesture sequencing was high, but even higher among the mothers; (2) representational gestures fell into distinct classes; (3) there were differences in ways each gesture was performed by mothers depending on its role as an action/verb or object/noun; (4) children produced very few potential pairs for comparison of noun-verb distinction of representational gestures; and (5) redundancy seemed to be the principle at work in mothers' use of gestures simultaneous with speech. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, April 1989).