A CASE STUDY OF TACTILE LANGUAGE AND ITS POSSIBLE STRUCTURE: A Tentative Outline to Study Tactile Language Systems among Children with Congenital Deafblindness

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This article theorizes that tactile languages may exist as unique languages (rather than just modifications of visual sign language). Through the analysis of a 1 ½ minute video of a congenitally deaf-blind boy communicating with his mother about a playground experience, the authors explored tactile linguistic features of phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. The linguistic features of tactile language were found to involve a potential unique and complex structure based on direction, speed, and acceleration of movements; pressure; and body position. JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, DEAF STUDIES & HEARING AIDS, Vol. 3, No. 2.

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