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Volume6
Year1995
TitleConventionalization in the First Generation: A Community Acquires a Language
Author(s)Ann Senghas
First Page501
AbstractThe present study examines children's ability to create grammatical structure. A new language has emerged in the hands of a generation of deaf children in Nicaragua. This study examines some of the emerging constructions in this new signed language in order to determine whether the language is indeed changing qualitatively over time, and whether the changes in the language originate in older or younger signers.