How do deaf children get their name signs during their first month in school?

Año: 1990
Editorial: Hamburgo: Signum, 1990
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The minimal age for enrollment in a school for the deaf in China is eight, but often deaf children do not attend until they are nine or older. They arrive with only a written name that they can neither write nor pronounce. At the school in Guangzhou (Canton), we found that the monitors in the dormitory assigned sign names to all but one of the incoming children during their first week. We trace the development of the name signs of each of the twentyone new resident pupils within the first month of their arrival at school, identify the initiators, discuss the nature of these name signs, and analyze their linguistic structure.

En: W. Edmondson & F. Karlsson (Eds.), SLR ’87: Papers from the Fourth International Symposium on Sign Language Research (pp. 242–254).