Mothers Do Not Drive Structure in Adult Homesign Systems: Evidence from Comprehension

  title={Mothers Do Not Drive Structure in Adult Homesign Systems: Evidence from Comprehension},
  author={Emily Carrigan and Marie Coppola},
Some profoundly deaf individuals without conventional linguistic input develop gestures, called “homesign,” to communicate. We examined homesign systems (HSs) used by four deaf Nicaraguan adults (ages 15-27), and evaluated whether homesigners’ mothers are potential sources for these systems. Study One measured mothers’ comprehension of descriptions of events (e.g., “A man taps a woman”) produced in homesign and spoken Spanish. Mothers comprehended spoken Spanish descriptions (produced by a… CONTINUE READING
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