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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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The Development of Gesture in Hearing and Deaf Children 1

The Development of Gesture in Hearing and Deaf Children 1

(p.46) 3 The Development of Gesture in Hearing and Deaf Children1
Advances in the Sign-Language Development of Deaf Children

Virginia Volterra

Jana M. Iverson

Marianna Castrataro

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys the current body of knowledge on the role of gesture in the development of language by hearing and deaf children. It demonstrates how variation in the type of linguistic input to which children are exposed influences the extent to which the manual modality is employed for communicative purposes and assumes linguistic properties. To this end, it presents evidence from research on children who vary widely in the nature and organization of the input to which they are exposed. The chapter is organized into five sections. The first three focus on hearing children exposed to gestural input of varying degrees of complexity. The final two sections focus on deaf children who vary in terms of their access to sign language input.

Keywords:   deaf children, gesture, sign language learning, linguistic input

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