Journal Article

A Study of Technical Signs in Science: Implications for Lexical Database Development

Harry G. Lang, Mary LaPorta Hupper, Denise A. Monte, Scott W. Brown, Ivar Babb and Pete M. Scheifele

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 12, issue 1, pages 65-79
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online September 2006 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enl018
A Study of Technical Signs in Science: Implications for Lexical Database Development

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Both classroom instruction and lexical database development stand to benefit from applied research on sign language, which takes into consideration American Sign Language rules, pedagogical issues, and teacher characteristics. In this study of technical science signs, teachers' experience with signing and, especially, knowledge of content, were found to be essential for the identification of signs appropriate for instruction. The results of this study also indicate a need for a systematic approach to examine both sign selection and its impact on learning by deaf students. Recommendations are made for the development of lexical databases and areas of research for optimizing the use of sign language in instruction.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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