Inflectional Morphemes in the Manual English of Young Hearing-Impaired Children and Their Mothers Spontaneous sign-language samples were collected in a controlled interactive situation from 20 young hearing-impaired children and their mothers. Inflectional morphemes in the samples were described by cher attributes and classified for syntactic function within utterances. Inflectional morpheme productivity did not increase significantly with age; mean manual English morphemes per utterance ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1978
Inflectional Morphemes in the Manual English of Young Hearing-Impaired Children and Their Mothers
 
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  • Kathleen E. Crandall
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, New York
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1978
Inflectional Morphemes in the Manual English of Young Hearing-Impaired Children and Their Mothers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1978, Vol. 21, 372-386. doi:10.1044/jshr.2102.372
History: Received December 28, 1975 , Accepted November 9, 1977
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1978, Vol. 21, 372-386. doi:10.1044/jshr.2102.372
History: Received December 28, 1975; Accepted November 9, 1977

Spontaneous sign-language samples were collected in a controlled interactive situation from 20 young hearing-impaired children and their mothers. Inflectional morphemes in the samples were described by cher attributes and classified for syntactic function within utterances. Inflectional morpheme productivity did not increase significantly with age; mean manual English morphemes per utterance did increase with age. The first six inflectional morphemes used by the children studied were the same as those used by normal-hearing children. A good predictor of the child’s use of inflectional morphemes was the mother’s use of these morphemes.

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