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2012-04-05 20:59:01

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. Through a series of experiments with 40 deaf children, ages nine through 12, all of whom were fluent in American Sign Language, researchers were able to distinguish between ASL signs and gestures that look like the gestures hearing children...

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2011-02-08 10:20:00

Research shows "homesigners" unable to comprehend the value of large numbers New research conducted with deaf people in Nicaragua shows that language may play an important role in learning the meanings of numbers. Field studies by University of Chicago psychologist Susan Goldin-Meadow and a team of researchers found deaf people in Nicaragua, who had not learned formal sign language, do not have a complete understanding of numbers greater than three. Researchers surmised the lack of large...

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2009-02-15 15:20:42

Research in Nicaragua shows how signs made at home may contribute to new sign language 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, research at the University of Chicago shows. "Other studies on this 'homesigning' have usually stopped at the point the children go to school, but I have been able to follow children in Nicaragua...


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