The blooming stage of multi-utterances in ASL

The toddler Juli's language grew somehow rapidly that she used more complex words and sentences than ever before. Conversations became more natural and a little advanced than before. She was able to express more, anything in her world beyond needs and wants.

Juli's language bloom became noticeable lately that changed my camera-recording routines and strategies. Capturing phenomenal moments become difficult and more unsuccessful, because many sentences are spontaneous that cannot be repeated. I found myself to keep a notepad nearby to keep records of Juli's sentences before my memories quickly slipped off.

Developing her own sense of humor also occurs at this stage. Whatever Juli did something funny intentionally, she uttered funny. She joked a lot.

Juli still pretended sometimes to be some animal, such as a monkey, a dog, etc. She also asked me to pretend to be a crying lion begging to get out of the safety gate. At one time, she held a building block and uttered ix-me want ix-you cry for the block.

Language development

Juli articulated many things spontaneously every day that I didn't record mostly. Here are some utterances that I noted.

where pump?, where christmas ball, ask-you mother ice-cream, ix-me good girl -- ice-cream!, ix-me ready sleep, ix-me good, milk

bring ipad over-there bed, fine, ice-cream, fine[nod] (trying to convince me that it's okay to have some ice-cream), cl-drop(water) (using a classifier handshape for water dropping from the faucet), want see, want chase (she took my cellphone and wanted me to chase her around), where cherries? ix-ref hide

Juli peered through a fence gap where two little girls swinged in the backyard. She really wanted to join and play with them. A man of that neighbor quickly came over to check his RV and briefly noticed us. Juli signed hello? hello! ask man.. want ask.

ix-ref native-american bird egg (she commented about a Native American who wore feathers and looked like a bird at a pow-pow festival).

The image on the mini iPad shows a long spine. I signed bone in my response. Juli replied, giraffe. I corrected, but she insisted it's a giraffe. It was not the first time. Whatever I provided correct information, she would insist that she was right otherwise. I signed, "Sure, it's your opinion."

Interjections and prepositions also emerged more, such as hmm and with. For example, want with ix necklace.

The signed word also or same-as also had become more common. It had been used somehow longer than I could recognize, because the production was hard to identify until now. lick like dog. ix-me dog.

Some of the following random words and phrases that Juli used this week: same-as monkey, ix-me monkey, ix-me bird, Disney mouse, first-nations, train go where?, #dooora gift-me, (asking for some item to gift her at a store), want cow milk, want see, (becoming more common), signing sentence (imitating me), who? (imitating), how many? (imitating), some more shown in the video above, and other ASL words mentioned in the past months.

This documentation project follows a baby's language acquisition, literacy development, and phonological acquisition in sign language, specifically ASL, week by week from gazing at birth to manual babbling, to first words just before the first birthday in a natural native-ASL environment and visual culture.

The second-year and third-year documentation continues to follow the same child's language and phonological acquisition and literacy development in ASL on a weekly basis from the one-word stage to two-word and multiple utterances.

The documentary continues to follow the same child's ASL language and literacy development on a regular basis from age three to four. It surveys ASL phonological acquisition and more complex utterances.

These posts on ASL-English bilingualism, language acquisition, and bilingual education 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 informative and educational for ASL specialists, educators, and professionals.