Resilience of Language What Gesture Creation in Deaf Children Can Tell Us about How All Children Learn Language

ISBN-10: 1841694363
ISBN-13: 9781841694368
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Imagine a child who has never seen or heard any language at all. Would such a child be able to invent a language on her own? The deaf children whose methods of communication are described in this book make it clear that the answer to this question is 'yes'.

Susan Goldin-Meadow is Professor of Psychology and an affiliate of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.

Acknowledgments
Accompanying Website of Video Clips
Introduction
The Problem of Language-Learning
Out of the Mouths of Babes
How Do Children Learn Language?
Language-Learning Across the Globe
Language-Learning by Hand
Does More or Less Input Matter?
Language Development Without A Language Model
Background on Deafness and Language-Learning
How Do We Begin?
Words
The Parts of Words
Combining Words Into Simple Sentences
Making Complex Sentences out of Simple Ones: Recursion
Building a System
Beyond the Here-and-Now: The Functions Gesture Serves
How Might Hearing Parents Foster Gesture Creation in Their Deaf Children?
Gesture Creation Across the Globe
The Conditions that Foster Language and Language-Learning
How Do the Resilient Properties of Language Help Children Learn Language?
When Does Gesture Become Language?
Is Language Innate?
The Resilience of Language
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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