The Resilience of Language
What Gesture Creation in Deaf Children Can Tell Us About How All Children Learn Language
By (author) Susan Goldin-Meadow
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Resilience of Language by Susan Goldin-Meadow
Book DescriptionImagine a child who has never seen or heard any language at all. Would such a child be able to invent a language on her own? Despite what one might guess, the children described in this book make it clear that the answer to this question is 'yes'. The children are congenitally deaf and cannot learn the spoken language that surrounds them. In addition, they have not yet been exposed to sign language, either by their hearing parents or their oral schools. Nevertheless, the children use their hands to communicate - they gesture - and those gestures take on many of the forms and functions of language. The properties of language that we find in the deaf children's gestures are just those properties that do not need to be handed down from generation to generation, but can be reinvented by a child de novo - the resilient properties of language. This book suggests that all children, deaf or hearing, come to language-learning ready to develop precisely these language properties. In this way, studies of gesture creation in deaf children can show us the way that children themselves have a large hand in shaping how language is learned.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841694368
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Psychology Press Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Susan Goldin-Meadow
Hearing Gesture, Paperback (November 2005)
Many non-verbal behaviours - smiling, blushing, shrugging - reveal our emotions. One non-verbal behaviour, gesturing, exposes our thoughts. This book explores how we move our hands when we talk, and what it means when we do so.
Nature and Functions of Gesture in Children's Communication, Paperback (September 2003)
Features several chapters, which focus on the spontaneous gestures that accompany speech, especially the speech of children. Together, they confirm that gesture is a robust and integral part of communication that can provide unique insights into the mind.
Resilience of Language, Hardback (May 2003)
Imagine a child who has never seen or heard any language at all. Would such a child be able to invent a language on her own? Despite what one might guess, the children described in this book make it clear that the answer to this question is 'yes'.
Language in Mind, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by Susan Goldin-Meadow
Contemporary investigations of the Whorfian idea that language influences how we perceive and understand the world.
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