When learners surpass their models: The acquisition of American Sign Language from inconsistent input

Autor/a: SINGLETON, Jenny L.; NEWPORT, Elissa L.
Año: 2004
Editorial: Cognitive Psychology. Vol. 49, Nº 4 (2004) pp. 370-407
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Educación » Adquisición y desarrollo del lenguaje, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The present study examines the impact of highly inconsistent input on language acquisition. The American deaf community provides a unique opportunity to observe children exposed to nonnative language models as their only linguistic input. This research is a detailed case study of one child acquiring his native language in such circumstances. It asks whether this child is capable of organizing a natural language out of input data that are not representative of certain natural language principles.