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Deaf and hearing children's picture naming Impact of age of acquisition and language modality on representational gesture

Thompson, R.L., England, R., Woll, B., Lu, J., Mumford, K. and Morgan, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-9495-1274 (2017). Deaf and hearing children's picture naming Impact of age of acquisition and language modality on representational gesture. Language, Interaction and Acquisition, 8(1), pp. 69-88. doi: 10.1075/lia.8.1.04tho

Abstract

Stefanini, Bello, Caselli, Iverson, & Volterra (2009) reported that Italian 24-36 month old children use a high proportion of representational gestures to accompany their spoken responses when labelling pictures. The two studies reported here used the same naming task with (1) typically developing 24-46-month-old hearing children acquiring English and (2) 24-63-month-old deaf children of deaf and hearing parents acquiring British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English. In Study 1 children scored within the range of correct spoken responses previously reported, but produced very few representational gestures. However, when they did gesture, they expressed the same action meanings as reported in previous research. The action bias was also observed in deaf children of hearing parents in Study 2, who labelled pictures with signs, spoken words and gestures. The deaf group with deaf parents used BSL almost exclusively with few additional gestures. The function of representational gestures in spoken and signed vocabulary development is considered in relation to differences between native and non-native sign language acquisition.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © John Benjamins Publishing, 2017. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Publisher Keywords: gesture, sign language, language development, deaf
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21631
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