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pros_cons_of_bilingual_asl_and_english [2011/04/28 11:44]
jdunne [Social Consequences]
pros_cons_of_bilingual_asl_and_english [2011/04/28 12:11] (current)
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 For Bilingual learners in general, the task of language acquisition is very different than that of monolingual speakers. Bilingual speakers of spoken languages harbor certain advantages. ​ However, sign language is mostly grounded in motor movement and gesture of the hands so bilingual speakers of ASL and English have different advantages than those of bilingual speakers of two spoken languages. ​ For Bilingual learners in general, the task of language acquisition is very different than that of monolingual speakers. Bilingual speakers of spoken languages harbor certain advantages. ​ However, sign language is mostly grounded in motor movement and gesture of the hands so bilingual speakers of ASL and English have different advantages than those of bilingual speakers of two spoken languages. ​
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 Bilingual language learners have the potential to be disadvantaged because children must hit certain thresholds of linguistic competence to avoid cognitive disadvantages. ​ For children learning ASL and English, they not only have to be aware of the sounds around them and be able to segment and detect speech, but they also must be able to make sense of the hand motions and segment the movement sequences in ASL. Bilingual language learners have the potential to be disadvantaged because children must hit certain thresholds of linguistic competence to avoid cognitive disadvantages. ​ For children learning ASL and English, they not only have to be aware of the sounds around them and be able to segment and detect speech, but they also must be able to make sense of the hand motions and segment the movement sequences in ASL.