Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre


Grammatical development in ASL and English by native signers

Start: Sep 10, 2018 04:00 PM
End: Sep 10, 2018 05:30 PM

Location: Chandler House Lecture Theatre 118

Speaker: Diane Lillo-Martin

Title: Grammatical development in ASL and English by native signers


It has frequently been claimed that Deaf native signers acquire their sign language following a timetable that is comparable to that for hearing children acquiring a spoken language, yet there are still questions about details of grammatical development over the first few years. I will present selected results from our current project known as SLAAASh, for Sign Language Acquisition: Annotation, Archiving and Sharing. This project is preparing longitudinal corpora from four Deaf native signers of American Sign Language for sharing with researchers, and documenting their grammatical development and aspects of their input over the age of 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 years. What about Deaf children who are native signers and also use a cochlear implant to learn a spoken language (DDCI)? We have been studying their signed and spoken language development, in comparison to hearing native signers (Kodas) in the Bibibi project (Binational Bimodal Bilingual Language Development). I will present selected results from this project including children from 1-1/2 to 8 years of age.