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Advances in the Sign-Language Development of Deaf Children$
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Brenda Schick, Marc Marschark, and Patricia Elizabeth Spencer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195180947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180947.001.0001

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Acquisition of Syntax in Signed Languages

Acquisition of Syntax in Signed Languages

(p.231) 10 Acquisition of Syntax in Signed Languages
Advances in the Sign-Language Development of Deaf Children

Diane Lillo-Martin

Deborah Chen Pichler

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the acquisition of two aspects of sign language morphosyntax: verb agreement and word order. For each of these areas, it asks whether the theories developed on the basis of spoken languages make the right predictions for sign language. If there are differences between sign languages and spoken languages, what would the reasons be? In neither of these areas is the work completed, and areas for further study in both are suggested.

Keywords:   acquisition of syntax, sign language morphosyntax, signed languages

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