How Faces Come to Serve Grammar: The Development of Nonmanual Morphology in American Sign Language
This chapter focuses on the acquisition of nonmanual behaviors in American Sign Language (ASL) by deaf children of deaf parents who are acquiring ASL as their native language. The first section begins with a brief overview of nonmanual morphology in adult ASL, followed by a statement of issues to be addressed. The second section chronicles the development of grammatical facial behaviors in deaf children of deaf parents acquiring ASL, from the appearance of first signs (at about 1 year of age) through the acquisition of facial expression for discourse purposes (about age 7).
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