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naomi dot berlove at tufts dot edu

Some deaf people cannot effortlessly acquire a spoken language in the way that hearing people can. The majority of these deaf children are born to hearing parents who frequently do not know sign language. By studying the experiences of people who grow up in linguistically impoverished environments,  I aim to address two broad questions:

  • What is the human language faculty capable of in the absence of linguistic input?
  • What consequences do deaf children face as a result of impoverished linguistic input?