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Title: Vision and the Emergence of Meaning
Subtitle: Blind and Sighted Children's Early Language
Written By: Anne Dunlea

The relationship between language and other aspects of conceptual
development is one of the central issues in child language acquisition. One
view holds that language is a special capacity, separate from other areas
of cognition and learning. Another maintains that language is part of a
larger, more general cognitive system, and is crucially dependent on other
cognitive domains.

Recent research has turned to blind children and their acquisition of
language as a way of evaluating whether and how language development relies
on the non-linguistic context. Vision and the Emergence of Meaning
addresses this complex problem through a detailed empirical analysis of
early language development in a group of blind, partially sighted and fully
sighted children who took part in a pioneering longitudinal investigation
at the University of Southern California. By exploring the strategies which
blind children bring to selected aspects of the language learning task,
Anne Dunlea not only identifies some important differences between blind
and sighted children, but also offers new insights on semantic and
pragmatic development in general. Further, the study demonstrates the role
of conceptual information in language learning and, at a more fundamental
level, reveals a convergence of early language and conceptual development.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024633
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 212
Prices: U.S. $ 32.99
U.K. £ 18.99