Toward a description of deaf college students' written English: overuse, avoidance, and mastery of function words.

@article{Channon2007TowardAD,
  title={Toward a description of deaf college students' written English: overuse, avoidance, and mastery of function words.},
  author={Rachel Elizabeth Channon and Edna Edith Sayers},
  journal={American annals of the deaf},
  year={2007},
  volume={152 2},
  pages={91-103}
}
The use of function words in 135 essays written by deaf college underclassmen in developmental and credit-bearing English composition classes is described and compared with Standard English (SE) versions of teh same essay. If student and SE version were the same, this was considered mastery; if the student omitted a word, this was considered avoidance; and if the student added a word, this was considered overuse. The deaf students varied from SE more for function than for content words. They… CONTINUE READING