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By Harry Bornstein and Karen L. Saulnier.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1984
Excerpt: "The Purpose of Signed English"
Signed English serves two basic purposes.
First, it is a model of the English language. Second, it is used to communicate
information between people. When it first becomes known that the child
has a hearing impairment, it is very important that the adult serve as
a language model while communicating information. Later, when the child
is older and has mastered language patterns, it is usually acceptable to
concentrate on exchanging information. At that time the language modeling
function becomes less important. In educational settings, it is probably
always desirable for the teacher to remain a model. Let us talk further
about some of the implications of the two basic purposes of Signed English.
Because Signed English should be used with speech,
the signs are not the only source of information. Depending upon the degree
of hearing loss and the quality of amplification used, hearing-impaired
children also receive some information from the actual sounds of speech.
Further, they receive some information from the shape of the lips as the
speaker forms his or her words. Indeed, they also receive information from
the eyes, eyebrows, and a host of other small clues. The point being made
is a simple one: A manual English system is a second, parallel and redundant
model of English for the hearing-impaired child. It need not, and indeed
cannot, perfectly represent English. This would make Signed English so
complex as to be virtually unlearnable.
[Source: "Signing" by Harry Bornstein and Karen L. Saulnier. New
York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1984. p. ix]
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