Relations of Language and Thought: The View from Sign Language and Deaf Children

Relations of Language and Thought: The View from Sign Language and Deaf Children

by Marc Marschark
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195100573

ISBN-13: 9780195100570

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The relationship of language to cognition, especially in development, is an issue that has occupied philosophers, psychologists, and linguists for centuries. In recent years, the scientific study of sign languages and deaf individuals has greatly enhanced our understanding of deafness, language, and cognition. This Counterpoints volume considers the extent to which

Overview

The relationship of language to cognition, especially in development, is an issue that has occupied philosophers, psychologists, and linguists for centuries. In recent years, the scientific study of sign languages and deaf individuals has greatly enhanced our understanding of deafness, language, and cognition. This Counterpoints volume considers the extent to which the use of sign language might affect the course and character of cognitive development, and presents a variety of viewpoints in this debate.
This volume brings the language-thought discussion into a clearer focus, both theoretically and practically, by placing it in the context of children growing up deaf and the influences of having sign language as their primary form of communication. The discussion is also sharpened by having internationally recognized contributors, such as Patricia Siple, Diane Lillo-Martin, and Ruth Campbell, with specialties in varied areas, all converging on a common interest in which each has conducted empirical research. These contributors clarify and challenge the theoretical assumptions that have driven arguments in the language-thought debate for centuries. An introduction by the editors provides a historical overview of the issues as well as a review of empirical findings that have been offered in response to questions about language-thought relations in deaf children. The final chapters are structured in the form of "live" debate, in which each contributor is given the opportunity to respond to the other perspectives presented in this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195100570
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Counterpoints: Cognition, Memory, and Language Series
Edition description:
ON DEMAND
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
1. Relations of Language and Cognition: What Do Deaf Children Tell Us?, Marc Marschark and Victoria S. Everhart
2. Universals, Generalizability, and the Acquisition of Signed Language, Patricia Siple
3. The Modular Effects of Sign Language Acquisition, Diane Lillo-Martin
4. Read the Lips: Speculations on the Nature and Role of Lipreading in Cognitive Development of Deaf Children, Ruth Campbell
5. Making Faces: Coextant Domains for Language and Visual Cognition, Ruth Campbell
6. In Support of the Language Acquisition Device, Diane Lillo-Martin
7. Modules and the Informational Encapsulation of Language Processes, Patricia Siple
8. Models, Modules, and Modality, Victoria S. Everhart and Marc Marschark
Index

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