|General programme, activity sheet|
||Thursday 8 September, 2016 17:00 to 17:30
Deaf children’s narrative skills in BSL: then and nowSpeaker: Rosalind Herman, City University
Authors: Rosalind Herman
El desarrollo del discurso narrativo en lenguas orales y de signos
1. Deaf children’s narrative skills in BSL: then and now
The British Sign Language (BSL) Production Test (Herman et al., 2004) entails children watching a video of a language-free story, recalling the story and answering questions to check comprehension. The test was initially standardised on 75 deaf children aged 4-12 years. Since 2004, there have been significant developments in the field of deafness including national new-born hearing screening and more widespread use of cochlear implants in the UK and elsewhere. These factors have had a substantial impact on the communication journeys of deaf children, with fewer currently learning BSL than previously, with potential consequences for BSL development.
We have now collected further data using this test from 200 children aged 5-11 years. This paper presents a comparison of the two data sets, investigating differences in the samples and children’s test scores in order to address the following research questions:
1. Given earlier identification of deafness and the potential for earlier exposure to BSL, do children in the new dataset exhibit higher scores for narrative content, narrative structure and BSL grammar than those in the original dataset?
2. How comparable are the two datasets in terms of parental hearing status
We found that changes in how deaf children are being diagnosed did not affect the norms significantly. In an analysis of parental hearing status we found that deaf children of deaf parents outscored all other groups which will lead to some adjustments of the test norms. We will conclude with some discussion of how exposure to BSL is changing and what this means for educational provisions.
Symposium: El desarrollo del discurso narrativo en lenguas orales y de signos
Place: Room A-14