Child Language by Michelle Aldridge

By Michelle Aldridge

Includes 17 papers offered on the baby Language Seminar, Bangor 1994, with contributions in parts as diversified as bilingual improvement, phonological issues, signal language improvement, and the language of Down's syndrome little ones.

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Child Language

Contains 17 papers offered on the baby Language Seminar, Bangor 1994, with contributions in parts as various as bilingual improvement, phonological issues, signal language improvement, and the language of Down's syndrome childrens.

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1994) Conceptual and linguistic issues in spatial mapping: Comparing spoken and signed language. , Department of Linguistics and Interpreting, Gallaudet University. (1994) Real, surrogate and token space: Grammatical consequences in ASL. , Department of Linguistics and Interpreting, Gallaudet University. In K. S. Reilly (eds) Language, Gesture and Space. Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Meier, R. (1982) Icons, analogues and morphemes: The acquisition of verb agreement in American Sign Language.

When they started pointing to people again, the children made reversal errors, of the type that have been observed in some hearing children: pointing away from themselves to indicate ME, and towards themselves to indicate YOU, before finally mastering the system. Petitto argues that the errors produced by these children, leading to referential forms which < previous page page_32 next page > < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 are counter-iconic, suggest that the use of pointing as part of the formal reference system of sign language is distinct from other types of referential pointing, providing evidence for discontinuity in the development from prelinguistic gestural communication to language.

Previous page page_37 next page > < previous page page_38 next page > Page 38 Clearly further work is needed in this area of development in BSL. The sample discussed here is very small, and the conclusions drawn above are necessarily tentative. The narrative task used in the present work differs in a number of respects from that employed by van Hoek et al. (1989)in its complexity, and in the use of videotaped presentation rather than line-drawings, for exampleand one possible strategy, therefore, would be to use the two tasks together in a larger scale study, in order to pinpoint task-specific effects.

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