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Acquisition of Sign Language by Hong Kong Deaf Children

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Author(s): Scholastica LAM | Gladys TANG
1. Introduction The deaf community is always heterogeneous, as deaf individuals have varying degrees of and different perceptions about deafness and deaf identities. Hence, some remain unimodal monolingual or bilingual in spoken languages, while others develop knowledge of both a sign language and a spoken language in a bimodal bilingual fashion, again with varying levels of ultimate attainment. Just as in any country, a majority of Hong Kong deaf children born to hearing parents may or may not be…
Date: 2017-03-02

Acquisition of Oral and Written Chinese by Hong Kong Deaf Children

(2,924 words)

Author(s): Scholastica LAM | Gladys TANG
1. Introduction When approaching how deaf children acquire spoken language, one needs to take into account the degree and nature of hearing loss, types and effectiveness of hearing devices, as well as learning environment, because these factors may directly or indirectly impact their speech perception and production abilities, accessibility to spoken language input as well as ultimate attainment in language acquisition. Clinical reports on deaf children’s oral language performance consistently rev…
Date: 2017-03-02