ERIC Number: ED315941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Deaf Children's Reading Comprehension in Relation to Sign Language Structure and Input.
Mayberry, Rachel I.
This study examined deaf children's reading comprehension in relation to the linguistic structures of their sign languages of fluency and the amount of sign language input they had received. Children (n=47) born severely or profoundly deaf, in age groups from 7 to 15 years and all attending day classes in which the English-structured Manually Coded English (MCE) was used, were compared. Roughly half lived in deaf families where sign language (usually American Sign Language) was constantly used, while the others lived in hearing families with sporadic use of sign language (usually MCE). Reading and sign language comprehension were found to increase between the ages of 7 and 12 but not afterward. Children who used sign language constantly at home outperformed others on tests of reading and American Sign Language (ASL) comprehension, but not MCE comprehension, suggesting that deaf children's reading comprehension is based in their language comprehension regardless of linguistic structure, as is the case with hearing children. Reading comprehension was predicted equally well by ASL and MCE comprehension. Five figures and two tables are included. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.