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Title: Directions in Sign Language Acquisition
Edited By: Gary Morgan
Bencie Woll
Series Title: Trends in Language Acquisition Research

As the first book of its kind, this volume with contributions from many well known scholars brings together some of the most recent original work on sign language acquisition in children learning a variety of different signed languages (i.e., Brazilian Sign Language, American SL, SL of the Netherlands, British SL, SL of Nicaragua, and Italian SL). In addition, the volume addresses methodological and theoretical issues in both sign language research and child language development in general. The book includes both overview chapters addressing matters of general concern in the study of sign language acquisition and chapters related to more specific topics such as sign language phonology, complex sentence structure and verb phrase development. This book will be of interest to sign language researchers, child language specialists and communication disorders professionals alike. The material is presented in such a way that also novices to the area of sign language study will find the text accessible.

Table of Contents

Series editors’ preface vii
Preface ix
Gary Morgan and Bencie Woll xi•xx
Foundations of communication and the emergence of language in deaf children
Mark Marschark 1•28
Phonology acquisition in Brazilian Sign Language
Lodenir Becker Karnopp 29•53
Transcription as a tool for understanding: The Berkeley Transcription System for sign language research (BTS)
Nini Hoiting and Dan I. Slobin 55•75
The development of Italian Sign Language (LIS) in deaf preschoolers
Elena Pizzuto 77•114
The acquisition of verb agreement: Pointing out arguments for the linguistic status of agreement in signed languages
Richard P. Meier 115•141
The expression of grammatical relations by deaf toddlers learning ASL
Brenda Schick 143•158
FACES: The acquisition of non-manual morphology in ASL
Judy S. Reilly and Diane Anderson 159•181
Are young deaf children bilingual?
Beppie van den Bogaerde and Anne Baker 183•206
Language emergence in a language-ready brain: Acquisition
Judy Kegl 207•254
The development of complex sentences in British Sign Language
Gary Morgan and Bencie Woll 255•275
Afterword: A view from research on spoken language development
Elena V. M. Lieven 277•290
Conclusions and directions for future research
Bencie Woll and Gary Morgan 291•299
Glossary 301•303
Bibliography 305•334
Index 335•340

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Sign Language Acquisition
Language Family(ies): Sign Language
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027234728
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xx, 339 pp.
Prices: EUR 60.00
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ISBN: 1588112357
ISBN-13: 9781588112354
Pages: xx, 339 pp.
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