Spontaneous sign systems created by deaf children in two cultures

@article{GoldinMeadow1998SpontaneousSS,
  title={Spontaneous sign systems created by deaf children in two cultures},
  author={Susan Goldin-Meadow and Carolyn Mylander},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1998},
  volume={391},
  pages={279-281}
}
Deaf children whose access to usable conventional linguistic input, signed or spoken, is severely limited nevertheless use gesture to communicate. These gestures resemble natural language in that they are structured at the level both of sentence and of word. Although the inclination to use gesture may be traceable to the fact that the deaf children's hearing parents, like all speakers, gesture as they talk, the children themselves are responsible for introducing language-like structure into… CONTINUE READING

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