Abstract

The minimal age for enrollment in a school for the deaf in China is eight, but often deaf children do not attend until they are nine or older. They arrive with only a written name that they can neither write nor pronounce. At the school in Guangzhou (Canton), we found that the monitors in the dormitory assigned sign names to all but one of the incoming children during their first week. We trace the development of the name signs of each of the twentyone new resident pupils within the first month of their arrival at school, identify the initiators, discuss the nature of these name signs, and analyze their linguistic structure.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-6263
Print ISSN
0302-1475
Pages
pp. 305-322
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-02
Open Access
No
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