Relations of Language and Thought

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

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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 signed languages and deaf individuals has greatly enhanced our understanding of deafness, language, and cognition. This Counterpoints volume will consider the extent to which the use of sign language might affect the course and character of cognitive development, and will present a variety of viewpoints in this debate.show more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 155.4 x 235 x 16.8mm | 373.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line drawings
  • 0195100581
  • 9780195100587
  • 2,023,524

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This newest volume asks, 'Does growing up deaf or having sign language as a first language affect children's cognitive development?' The result is a unique exploration of the connection between what happens in the mind and what is communicated to others. Much of the discussion revolves around deaf children and sign language, but the applied and theoretical implications go to the roots of the study of language and thought.show more

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"Both general academic readers and those who specialize in issues revolving around sign language will find the book valuable....The work is well integrated and focused, and the authors speak to one another's points."--Choiceshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Relations of Language and Thought: Where Do Deaf Children Lead Us? ; Chapter 2. Universals. Generalizability and the Acquisition of Signed Language ; Chapter 3. The Modular Effects of Sign Language Acquisition ; Chapter 4. Read the Lips: Speculations on the Nature and Role of Lipreading in Cognitive and Academic Development of Deaf Chidren ; Commentary ; Chapter 5. Making Faces: Coextant Domains for Language and Visual Cognition ; Chapter 6. In Support of the Language Acquisition Device ; Chapter 7. Modules and the Informational Encapsulation of Language Processes ; Chapter 8. Models, Modules, and Modalityshow more

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