Sign Language Development in Children Term Paper by renol56

A look at sign language develops in children.
# 149746 | 2,154 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | KE
Published on Dec 29, 2011 in Education (Special) , Linguistics (General)

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This paper examines the development of American sign language and how deaf children learn this means of communication. First, the reasons for the development of American sign language. This includes the grammatical structure and composition of the language. Then, it discusses the benefits to children who have learned how to communicate in American sign language (ASL). This includes better educational opportunities and stronger social relationships. Additionally, it helps the self-esteem and confidence of these children. The paper concludes by noting that fluency among the deaf in ASL offers the potential of employment opportunities and enables children to develop confidence and good social skills


How Sign Language was Developed and its Composition
The Reason for the Development of Sign Language
The Benefits of Sign Language to Deaf Children

From the Paper:

"The Deaf Community had been disadvantaged for a long time in terms of education, carrier opportunities, socialization and communication in general. This had been due to lack of a common communication system or means in the Deaf Community (Sell 85). The United States decided to develop a language for the deaf who aimed at helping them in communication, learning and other important day to day endeavors. This language was referred to as American Sign Language as it was developed by the United States of America. This language is mainly used in the United States of America and Canada. The American Sign Language is composed of both visual and gesture communication means. The manual gestures are referred to as sign. The gestures work in collaboration with different grammar that are non-manual and compose of body movements, mouth morphemes and facial expressions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carolina, Plaza & Esperanza, Lopez. Sign bilingualism: language development, interaction, and maintenance in sign language contact situations, Volume 38 of Studies in bilingualism, New York, Benjamins Publishing Company, 2008, p.326-345.
  • Diane, Brentari, Sign Languages, Cambridge Language Surveys, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010, p.126-135.
  • Glairon, Susan. First Words: Sign Language Lets Babies 'Speak' Their Minds. The Boulder Daily Camera. Boulder, CO: 2003.
  • Sell, Jill. Deaf Parents, Hearing Children Face Communication Challenges. Newhouse News Service, 2001.
  • Yost, Barbara. Look Who's Talking Sign, the Arizona Republic. 2003.

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