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1 Year Milestone: Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”

1 Year Milestone: Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”

This is a video showing how a 1-year-old uses simple gestures.


18 Month Milestone: Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures

18 Month Milestone: Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures

Adult: Go wash your hands. Adult: Thank you Adult: Can you cut the water on for Ms. Driver?


The critical period is EQUALLY critical for signed languages as it is for spoken languages

The critical period is EQUALLY critical for signed languages as it is for spoken languages

There’s this common belief that, key to its development, spoken language must be acquired during a critical period. And that signed languages can wait. Absolutely false. What’s true is that language, whether signed or spoken, require natural input from birth Read more…


Early exposure to ASL does NOT hinder spoken language development

Early exposure to ASL does NOT hinder spoken language development

So you at AG Bell have said that when a baby is born and has been exposed to ASL at an early age, that will hinder their speech development. And will continue to affect their speech development as they grow. Read more…


Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar

Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar

So let’s talk about babies. Very cute, right? It’s hard to look at a baby smiling at you and not feel good. But even the most devoted parents don’t generally think of their baby as a cognitive powerhouse. But babies Read more…


ASL is a language, NOT a tool

ASL is a language, NOT a tool

So you’ve said “Many deaf children can communicate well with just speaking and listening. The number of deaf children who need ASL has gone down.” Need ASL? You’re talking about “needing” ASL? Hmm, it seems that your perspective is that Read more…


Introduction to Gallaudet Linguistics Department Response to AG Bell Association

Introduction to Gallaudet Linguistics Department Response to AG Bell Association

We, in this series of videos… We are the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University. What is linguistics, you might ask? It’s the scientific study of language. We are interested in how languages emerge. In how languages are structured. In Read more…