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Advances in the Sign-Language Development of Deaf Children
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Advances in the Sign-Language Development of Deaf Children

Brenda Schick, Marc Marschark, and Patricia Elizabeth Spencer


Humans' first languages may have been expressed through sign. Today, sign languages have been found around the world, including communities that do not have access to education or literacy. In addition to serving as a primary medium of communication for deaf communities, they have become among the most popular choices for second language study by hearing students. The status of sign languages as complex and complete languages that are clearly the linguistic “equal” of spoken languages is no longer questioned. Research on the characteristics of visual languages has blossomed since the 1960s, an ... More

Keywords: sign languages, second language study, cross-modal research, gestural development, visual communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195180947
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brenda Schick, editor
University of Colorado, Boulder

Marc Marschark, editor
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Patricia Elizabeth Spencer, editor
Gallaudet University