Multilingual Aspects of Signed Language Communication and Disorder

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-02-10
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Inquiry into signed languages has added to what is known about structural variation and language, language learning, and cognitive processing of language. However, comparatively little research has focused on communication disorders in signed language users. For some deaf children, atypicality is viewed as a phase that they will outgrow, and this results in late identification of linguistic or cognitive deficits that might have been addressed earlier. This volume takes a step towards describing different types of atypicality in language communicated in the signed modality such as linguistic impairment caused by deficits in visual processing, difficulties with motor movements, and neurological decline. Chapters within the book also consider communication differences in hearing children acquiring signed and spoken languages.

Author Biography

David Quinto-Pozos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, USA. His research focuses on signed language, communication disorder, language acquisition and the interaction between language and gesture in the signed modality.

Table of Contents

David Quinto-Pozos: Preface
Laurence Leonard: Foreword
1. David Quinto-Pozos: Introduction: Considering Communication Disorders and Differences in the Signed Language Modality
Part 1: Developmental Language Disorders in the Signed Modality
2. Rosalind Herman, Katherine Rowley, ChloŽ Marshall, Kathryn Mason, Joanna Atkinson, Bencie Woll & Gary Morgan: Profiling SLI in Deaf Children who are Sign Language Users
3. David Quinto-Pozos, Jenny Singleton, Peter Hauser, & Susan Levine: A Case-Study Approach to Investigating Developmental Signed Language Disorders
4. Aaron Shield & Richard P. Meier: The Acquisition of Sign Language by Deaf Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
5. Wolfgang Mann & Tobias Haug: Mapping Out Guidelines for the Development and Use of Sign Language Assessments Ė some Critical Issues, Comments, and Suggestions
Part 2: Fluency Disorders, Neurogenics and Acquired Communication Disorders
6. Geoffrey Whitebread: A Review of Stuttering in Signed Languages
7. Martha Tyrone: Sign Dysarthria: A Speech Disorder in Signed Language
8. Patricia Spanjer, MariŽlle Fieret & Anne Baker: The Influence of Dementia on Language in a Signing Population
Part 3: Hearing Children from Signing Households
9. Anne E. Baker and Beppie van den Bogaerde: KODAs: A Special Form of Bilingualism
10. Deborah Chen Pichler, James Lee and Diane Lillo-Martin: Language Development in ASL-English Bimodal Bilinguals

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