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ERIC Number: EJ1034447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 16
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ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
Sign Vocabulary in Deaf Toddlers Exposed to Sign Language since Birth
Rinaldi, Pasquale; Caselli, Maria Cristina; Di Renzo, Alessio; Gulli, Tiziana; Volterra, Virginia
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v19 n3 p303-318 Jul 2014
Lexical comprehension and production is directly evaluated for the first time in deaf signing children below the age of 3 years. A Picture Naming Task was administered to 8 deaf signing toddlers (aged 2-3 years) who were exposed to Sign Language since birth. Results were compared with data of hearing speaking controls. In both deaf and hearing children, comprehension was significantly higher than production. The deaf group provided a significant lower number of correct responses in production than did the hearing controls, whereas in comprehension, the 2 groups did not differ. Difficulty and ease of items in comprehension and production was similar for signing deaf children and hearing speaking children, showing that, despite size differences, semantic development followed similar paths. For signing children, predicates production appears easier than nominals production compared with hearing children acquiring spoken language. Findings are discussed taking into account differences in input modalities and language structures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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