Is there manual babbling in sign language? Yes. Does signed language function in the same left cerebral regions as spoken language? Yes. Is a signed language (e.g. ASL, Auslan, etc) a real human language? Yes. Does sign language have linguistics? Yes.
Research studies in the fields from neuroscience to linguistics can confirm these.
"Deny it to the mouth and it will dart out through the fingers." -- linguist Lila Gleitmanof, the University of Pennsylvania.
Baby Talk in ASL
This documentary project Baby Talk in ASL follows a baby's language acquisition and literacy development in sign language, specifically ASL, week by week from her birth to the first birthday in a natural native-ASL environment and visual culture.
Toddler Talk in ASL
The second-year documentary Toddler Talk in ASL continues to follow the same child's language acquisition and literacy development in ASL on a weekly basis. It will launch in January 2013.
ASL-English Bilingualism and Education
These posts under the subsection Parent may be of an interest for parents who raise a bilingual-bimodal child in ASL (or another signed language) and English (or another written and/or spoken language of its respective) as well as for ASL specialists, educators, and professionals.
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