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Brentari, Diane; Coppola, Marie; Cho, Pyeong Whan; Senghas, Ann – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
In this article two dimensions of handshape complexity are analyzed as potential building blocks of phonological contrast-joint complexity and finger group complexity. We ask whether sign language patterns are elaborations of those seen in the gestures produced by hearing people without speech (pantomime) or a more radical reorganization of them.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Difficulty Level, Phonology
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Su, Yi – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
This study investigates 2-5-year-old Mandarin-speaking children's interpretation of the disjunction word "huozhe" ("or") in two positions in "ruguo" ("if")-conditional statements, i.e., in the antecedent clause versus in the consequent clause. The findings from three experiments show that the meanings…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Mandarin Chinese, Toddlers