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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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How Faces Come to Serve Grammar: The Development of Nonmanual Morphology in American Sign Language

How Faces Come to Serve Grammar: The Development of Nonmanual Morphology in American Sign Language

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(p.262) 11 How Faces Come to Serve Grammar: The Development of Nonmanual Morphology in American Sign Language
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Advances in the Sign-Language Development of Deaf Children
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Judy Reilly

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180947.003.0011

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).

Keywords:   American Sign Language, nonmanual behaviors, deaf children, deaf parents

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