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Language and Deafness, Fourth Edition

Author(s): Peter V. Paul, PhD, Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751043
  • ISBN-10:0763751049
  • Paperback    566 pages      © 2009
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Presents descriptions and research syntheses on the major language/communication systems—oral English, sign systems, and ASL!

The Fourth Edition of Language and Deafness covers language and literacy development from preschool through adolescence. It provides a clear depiction of the language/communication systems of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents, and offers a comprehensive discussion of the current theories of language acquisition. In an easy-to-read, accessible manner, students will learn the basics of language development and the relationship between language and cognition. Oral communication methods and English-like signing systems, linguistics/sociolinguistics of American Sign Language, and multicultural aspects, including bilingualism and second-language learning are covered in detail. Each chapter includes major objectives, summaries, suggested readings, problem-solving activities and challenging review questions to stimulate and provoke classroom dialogue.

 New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Thorough updates to every chapter
  • New chapter on Writing (Chapter 8)
  • New chapter on Literate Thought (Chapter 9)
  • A new section on cued speech/language and cochlear implants (Chapter 4)
  • More detailed chapter on American Sign Language with a description of relationship between the use of ASL and the development of English as a second language
  • More case scenarios

Instructor's Manual with comprehension questions and a test bank now available!

Download Chapters 1, 2, and 3 under Additional Resources!


Features & Benefits

In-depth discussions of research findings in communication systems such as Oral English, Sign Systems, and bilingual-bicultural American Sign Language-English you won't find anywhere else!

Includes an in-depth research chapter on writing

Summaries of major points included in each chapter

Features updated information on language acquisition, reading, and the various language/communication systems (oralism; sign systems; and ASL), a new topic, Literate Thought (Chapter 9)

Features an accessible writing style with personal examples, and ‘reader-response’ devices—the posing of questions for readers to consider, participating in examples/problems to solve

Illustrations and pictures to depict examples of the language/communication systems

'Challenge questions' at the end of every chapter and in the appendix

Student "questions" and "activities" in each chapter to stimulate student involvement

Applicable Courses

Ideal for courses on language development in deaf and hard of hearing children in deaf education or special education, as well as language development and children with disabilities courses in speech and hearing science programs.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Language and Deafness
Chapter 2: The Structure and Function of Language
Chapter 3: Language Acquisition: Perspectives, Development, and Relation to Thought
Chapter 4: The Development of Oral English
Chapter 5: Sign Systems
Chapter 6: American Sign Language and the Development of English
Chapter 7: Reading
Chapter 8: Writing
Chapter 9: Literate Thought
Chapter 10: Language Instruction
Chapter 11: Language Assessment
Chapter 12: Epilogue
Appendix A: Comprehension and Challenge Questions
Appendix B: Descriptions of Literacy and Related Terms

Peter V. Paul, PhD-Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State University

Peter V. Paul, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education & Human Ecology at the Ohio State University.  One of his major responsibilities is teacher education for individuals interested in the education of d/Deaf or hard of hearing students. Dr. Paul's research interests involve the areas of vocabulary, language, and literacy.  He has published extensively on language and literacy development.  His scholarly texts include Education and Deafness (1990), Toward a Psychology of Deafness (1993), Literacy and Deafness (1998), Language and Deafness (2009, 4th ed.), Reading and Deafness (2010; with B. Trezek and Y. Wang), and Hearing and Deafness (2011).  Dr. Paul has conducted workshops for educators and parents on an international, national, state, and local level on topics in literacy and literate thought.  He is the current Editor of the American Annals of the Deaf (established in 1847), the oldest professional journal in the field of deafness.  Dr. Paul has received the College of Education Senior Research Award (2000) and the Richard and Laura Kretschmer National Leadership Award in Hearing Impairment (2010). 



Additional Titles by this Author
Instructor's Manual

Instructor's Manual


Instructor's Manual now available! Click to download. 


The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763751043

Instructor Manual

3 Texts: Language & Deafness 4E, AND Communication Sciences & Disorders 2E, AND Hearing and Deafness

Bundle ISBN: 9781449633905
3 Texts: Language & Deafness 4E, AND Communication Sciences & Disorders 2E, AND Hearing and Deafness

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