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Lexical organisation in deaf children who use British sign language : evidence from a semantic fluency task

Marshall, Chloe and Rowley, Katherine and Mason, Kathryn and Herman, Rosalind and Morgan, Gary (2013) Lexical organisation in deaf children who use British sign language : evidence from a semantic fluency task. Journal of Child Language, 40 (1). pp. 193-220. ISSN 1469-7602. DOI UNSPECIFIED (In Press)

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Abstract

We adapted the semantic fluency task into British Sign Language (BSL). In Study 1, we present data from 22 deaf signers aged 4-15. We show that the same ‘cognitive signatures’ that characterise this task in spoken languages are also present in deaf children, for example, the semantic clustering of responses. In Study 2, we present data from 13 deaf children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in BSL, in comparison to a subset of children from Study 1 matched for age and BSL exposure. The two groups’ results were comparable in most respects. However, the group with SLI made occasional word-finding errors and gave fewer responses in the first 15 seconds. We conclude that deaf children with SLI do not differ from their controls in terms of the semantic organisation of the BSL lexicon, but that they access signs less efficiently.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 01:57
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:56
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