The acquisition of fingerspelling in deaf children

Autor/a: PADDEN, Carol
Año: 1991
Editorial: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This chapter examines the emergence of fingerspelling in young deaf children whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL). Fingerspelling consists of positioning one hand to the side of the body and delivering a rapid sequence of hand configurations, each corresponding to a letter of the alphabet. The conventional widsom is that young deaf children use fingerspelling to represent alphabetic characters. As I will demonstrate, however, the discovery that hand configurations correspond to alphabetic characters comes relatively late for deaf children.

En: P. Siple & S. Fischer (Eds.), Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, Psychology.