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The Development of American Sign Language and Manually Coded English Systems

Brenda Schick

in The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education, Volume 1, Second Edition

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Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199750986
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199750986.013.0017

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Development of American Sign Language and Manually Coded English Systems

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This chapter reviews research on the development of American Sign Language, mostly in deaf children with deaf parents. It examines what we know about early aspects of development, including babbling, phonological development, early lexical development, gestures and pointing. Morphological development is described for verb agreement, the acquisition of classifiers, and facial grammar. It reviews the development of syntax and spatial mapping. The development of manually-coded English (MCE) systems is also examined, including lexical, grammatical, and morphological development in young children with a hearing loss.

Keywords: American Sign Language; pointing; verb agreement; babbling; manually-coded English; facial expression; phonological development; classifiers; morphological development; syntactic development; lexical development; deaf; hard-of-hearing; hearing loss

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Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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