- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 Sign Language Geography
- Chapter 1 Response Some Observations on Research Methodology in Lexicostatistical Studies of Sign Languages
- Chapter 2 Two Types of Nonconcatenative Morphology in Signed Languages
- Chapter 2 Response Some Observations on Form-Meaning Correspondences in Two Types of Verbs in ASL
- Chapter 3 Sources of Handshape Error in First-Time Signers of ASL
- Chapter 3 Response Modality and Language in the Second Language Acquisition of American Sign Language
- Chapter 4 Getting to the Point
- Chapter 4 Response A Point Well Taken
- Chapter 5 Acquisition of Topicalization in Very Late Learners of Libras
- Chapter 5 Response A Critical Period for the Acquisition of a Theory of Mind?
- Chapter 6 Interrogatives in Ban Khor Sign Language
- Chapter 6 Response Village Sign Languages
- Chapter 7 Sign Language Humor, Human Singularities, and the Origins of Language
- Chapter 7 Response Gesture First or Speech First in Language Origins?
- Chapter 8 Best Practices for Collaborating with Deaf Communities in Developing Countries
- Chapter 8 Response Deaf Mobilization around the World
- Chapter 9 HIV/AIDS and the Deaf Community
- Chapter 9 Response HIV/AIDS and Deaf Communities in South Africa
- Chapter 10 The Language Politics of Japanese Sign Language (Nihon Shuwa)
- Chapter 10 Response Pluralization
- Chapter 11 Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China
- Chapter 11 Response Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in India
- Chapter 12 Do Deaf Children Eat Deaf Carrots?
- Chapter 12 First Response “We’re the Same, I’m Deaf, You’re Deaf, Huh!”
- Chapter 12 Second Response Deafhood and Deaf Educators
Getting to the Point
Getting to the Point
How a Simple Gesture Became a Linguistic Element in Nicaraguan Signing
- (p.127) Chapter 4 Getting to the Point
- Deaf around the World
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This chapter pays particular attention to the contribution of generations of child learners, who actively change their language as they inherit it. The researchers consider the fact that over the past thirty years, deaf Nicaraguans have come together to form a community, and in the process created their own new language. The deaf children started with a variety of gestures, called homesigns, to communicate with their families. Together they developed them into the complex linguistic system that is Nicaraguan Sign Language today. The researchers follow this process by focusing on a single sign, the humble point, as it transformed from a gesture into a linguistic device.
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