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Seventy-nine profoundly deaf 8 to 12-year-olds were tested for comprehension of spoken, written and signed (Paget-Gorman Sign System, PGSS) English grammatical contrasts. Understanding of spoken language was below the 4-year-old level, with few deaf children understanding enough vocabulary to attempt the test. On written and signed forms, many children responded to content words with little understanding of grammar. Others would interpret word order sequentially, producing characteristic errors. PGSS can provide a viable communication channel and does not hinder oral or written language acquisition, but it does not overcome the grammatical problems of deaf children.

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Child Psychol Psychiatry

Publication Date

07/1983

Volume

24

Pages

415 - 434

Keywords

Child, Child, Preschool, Deafness, Humans, Language Development, Psychological Tests, Reading, Semantics, Sign Language, Speech Perception