LINGUIST List 14.3118

Fri Nov 14 2003

Books: Lang Acquisition, Sign Language: Goldin-Meadow

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  1. kkaneta, The Resilience of Language: Goldin-Meadow

Message 1: The Resilience of Language: Goldin-Meadow

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 11:07:31 +0000
From: kkaneta <>
Subject: The Resilience of Language: Goldin-Meadow

Title: The Resilience of Language
Subtitle: What Gesture Creation in Deaf Children Can Tell Us About How
	 All Children Learn Language
Series Title: Essays in Developmental Psychology
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)		 
Author: Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago 

Hardback: ISBN: 1841690260, Pages: 300, Price: $49.95

Imagine a child who has never seen or heard any language at all.
Would such a child be able to invent a language on her own? Despite
what one might guess, the children described in this book make it
clear that the answer to this question is "yes".

The properties of language that we find in deaf children's gestures
are just those properties that do not need to be handed down from
generation to generation, but can be reinvented by a child de novo --
the resilient properties of language. This book suggests that all
children, deaf or hearing, come to language-learning ready to develop
precisely these language properties.

Lingfield(s): Psycholinguistics
		Language Acquisition
Language Family(ies): Sign Languages

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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