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date: 25 November 2020

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Examining the importance of morphosyntax comprehension in literacy acquisition across languages, this chapter will highlight the bilingual and bimodal advantages some deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) learners may possess. Since DHH readers may experience variations in hearing, language, and literacy levels, we examine the interplay of how they develop literacy skills. The complexity of the interplay among the components of reading and writing are considered along with the current research on morphosyntax interventions and assessments for this population of learners. Morphosyntax components that are historically challenging for DHH learners are discussed. Potentially promising practices across morphology and syntax are reviewed, as well as implementations for practice that include an informal assessment designed for DHH learners. Future research necessary to expand our knowledge of how morphology and syntax connect to text is included as a call to action in the quest to improve literacy outcomes for DHH readers.

Keywords: deaf, hard of hearing, literacy, grammar, morphosyntax, bilingual, strategies

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