Children Creating Language: How Nicaraguan Sign Language Acquired a Spatial Grammar

@article{Senghas2001ChildrenCL,
  title={Children Creating Language: How Nicaraguan Sign Language Acquired a Spatial Grammar},
  author={A. Senghas and M. Coppola},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={323 - 328}
}
It has long been postulated that language is not purely learned, but arises from an interaction between environmental exposure and innate abilities. The innate component becomes more evident in rare situations in which the environment is markedly impoverished. The present study investigated the language production of a generation of deaf Nicaraguans who had not been exposed to a developed language. We examined the changing use of early linguistic structures (specifically, spatial modulations… Expand
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