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Epilogue: Analytic Study of the Tadoma Method—Language Abilities of Three Deaf‐Blind Subjects<sup>*</sup>

Carol Chomsky

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590339.003.0017
Epilogue: Analytic Study of the Tadoma Method—Language Abilities of Three Deaf‐Blind Subjects*

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This chapter presents one of Carol Chomsky's classic papers, which encompasses the title of the present volume — the idea that children develop rich grammars from poor inputs. The paper reports a careful longitudinal analysis of language growth in cases that constitute extreme examples of the Poverty of the Stimulus: children that are both deaf and blind from a very early age. Notwithstanding such severe deprivation, language growth unfolds in essentially a normal way, matching the levels of production and understanding of normal children of the same age.

Keywords: Carol Chomsky; language acquisition; grammars; Poverty of the Stimulus; deaf children; blind children; language growth

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Subjects: Linguistics

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