Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
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Language Socialization in Deaf Communities

  • Carol J. Erting
  • Marlon Kuntze
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_213


Language socialization in Deaf communities is unique in ways that are challenging for language socialization theory. Most members of the DEAF‐WORLD (Lane, Hoffmeister, and Bahan, 1996) have not followed a straightforward path to identification with and membership in a Deaf community. A small percentage of Deaf children are born into Deaf families where everyday interaction occurs within a visually based culture through a natural sign language. For these children, the process of language socialization is similar to that of most children; only the modality differs. But for the majority of Deaf children who are born to non‐Deaf parents who do not expect their child to be deaf (lower case denotes hearing status; upper case denotes identity status), early access to sign languages is absent. Since these children do not hear, they cannot fully participate in the spoken language socialization environment their parents naturally provide. And, because sign languages have been...


Sign Language Cochlear Implantation American Sign Language Deaf Child Deaf People 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol J. Erting
    • 1
  • Marlon Kuntze
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationGallaudet UniversityWashington DC
  2. 2.School of EducationBoston UniversityBoston MA