Gesture and the acquisition of verb agreement in sign languages

Autor/a: QUADROS, Ronice M.; LILLO MARTIN, Diane
Año: 2007
Editorial: Proceedings of the 31st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (2007) pp. 520-531
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


In this paper, we investigate the acquisition of verb agreement in Brazilian Sign Language and American Sign Language, by deaf children learning sign language as a native language from their deaf, signing parents. Previous studies have found that such children go through a period with numerous errors of omission of agreement in obligatory contexts, and that the use of agreement in verb signs is related to the use of "directionality" in early gestures. However, the children in our study produced almost no errors of omission or comission, and they used directionality in gestures together with agreement.