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date: 07 July 2020

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This chapter explores the acquisition of spoken language and literacy in children with hearing loss whose auditory access through the use of hearing technology enables them to listen, and it examines the relationships among language, thought, and print that offer explanation of the role of spoken language as the foundation for literacy. It defines reading and writing as thinking processes that make use of symbol systems representative of spoken language and gives attention to the numerous cueing systems and conventions comprising representations of meaning. Drawing from cognitive psychology, linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, literary criticism, and critical traditions developed over time through study of people with typical hearing, this chapter argues that meaning making resides in the individual in the presence of symbols both heard and seen and for maximizing spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss so as to prepare them for lifelong literacy and language use.

Keywords: listening, spoken language, language and thought, background knowledge, meaning, cognition, comprehension

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