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Query Details

Query Subject:   ASL as L2
Author:   Megan Elizabeth Melancon
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s):  American Sign Language

Query:   Dear Linguists,

Can anyone help me with references or publications about deaf children who
have parents who do not speak English? The L1 of the child would be the
'other' language (i.e. Spanish), but the child would learn American Sign
Language at school, and thereby communicate by signing or spelling English
words. It seems a bit odd to refer to the primary communication method
(ASL) of a deaf person as his or her L2, but it would not be the
'mother-tongue' per se.

I'll post a summary if enough replies come in. Please respond to my
e-mail address: mmelan2@tiger.lsu.edu

Many thanks,

Megan Melancon
Louisiana State University
LL Issue: 9.202
Date posted: 10-Feb-1998


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