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Research studies new forms of language for deaf

Spoken language and signs can formulate a new combination and facilitate communication through bilingualism

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Ronice Müller de Quadros (standing left), a specialist in communication studies on the deaf person
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Ronice Müller de Quadros (standing left), a specialist in communication studies on the deaf person

Research conducted by the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) seeks an understanding of how to develop children who use spoken language and sign language simultaneously. For the study, families were invited to participate in research involving hearing children, children of deaf parents and deaf children, who grow up amid Libras (Brazilian Sign Language) and Portuguese, and passed through the cochlear implant surgery? device used to restore hearing in patients with profound hearing loss.

With children aged between a year and a half and four years are done filming documenting his interaction with family members? interacting with deaf parents, Sterling, and with hearing people, in Portuguese. With boys and girls between four and seven are conducted several tests in a playful manner.

This group was also invited with their families to take part in joint activities with other children. Parents also participate in seminars with the research team. The observations allow to address questions about how children develop bilingual and also about how the languages ​​interact.

Reflections that can contribute to the education of these children and the development of studies on the acquisition and bilingual bimodal, explains the coordinator of the study and professor of UFSC, Ronice Müller de Quadros, expert studies on the communication of the deaf person. She explains that bimodal bilinguals are those that are exposed to two different languages ​​with different modalities: a spoken language (Portuguese, for example) and a signed language (as Pounds).

These combinations give us a new vision of bilingualism and allow us to think about the architecture of new language forms, complementing the teacher who coordinates the Center for Language Acquisition Signals, directed the development sector of linguistic theories and their application to education and bilingual social inclusion of deaf people.

Work involving Brazilian and American children with two pairs of languages: the language of signs and Brazilian Portuguese, and American Sign Language and English.

Performed via Foundation for Research and Extension University (Fapeu), the research is a collaboration between UFSC, Gallaudet University (recognized by American university is an institution of higher education for the deaf) and the University of Connecticut. The initiative is supported by CNPq and the National Institutes of Health (USA). In Brazil, the project is coordinated by Professor Ronice Müller de Quadros, and the United States by the researchers Diane Lillo-Martin and Deborah Chen Pichler-.

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   Palavras-chave:   Bilingualism    Deaf    Sign language    Pound    Profound hearing loss    Cochlear implant   
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