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In a discovery that could help instructors better teach deaf children, a team of University of Chicago researchers has found that a gesture-sign mismatch made while explaining a math problem suggests that a deaf child is experiencing a teachable moment.
New research conducted with deaf people in Nicaragua shows that language may play an important role in learning the meanings of numbers.
Deaf children are able to develop a language-like gesture system by making up hand signs and using homemade systems to increase their communication as they grow, just as children with conventional spoken language.
- An imitative word; an onomatopoetic word.