Semantic categorization: A comparison between deaf and hearing children
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SourceJournal of Communication Disorders, 43, 5, (2010), pp. 347-360
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SW OZ BSI OLO
FSW_Expertisecentrum Nederlands (EN)
Journal of Communication Disorders
SubjectLearning and Plasticity; Linguistic Research for Continous Sign Language Recognition (FP7 SignSpeak)
Learning to read is a major obstacle for children who are deaf. The otherwise significant role of phonology is often limited as a result of hearing loss. However, semantic knowledge may facilitate reading comprehension. One important aspect of semantic knowledge concerns semantic categorization. In the present study, the quality of the semantic categorization of both deaf and hearing children was examined for written words and pictures at two categorization levels. The deaf children performed better at the picture condition compared to the written word condition, while the hearing children performed similarly at pictures and written words. The hearing children outperformed the deaf children, in particular for written words. In addition, the results of the deaf children for the written words correlated to their sign vocabulary and sign language comprehension. The increase in semantic categorization was limited across elementary school grade levels. Learning outcomes: Readers will be able to: (1) understand several semantic categorization differences between groups of deaf and hearing children; (2) describe factors that may affect the development of semantic categorization, in particular the relationship between sign language skills and semantic categorization for deaf children.
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