Homesign and Attachment: The acquisition of an attachment style as a nontraditional language learner

Elise Ashford
Working with data from a sample of homesigners, nontraditional language learners who are not able to be immersed in a natural language, this study investigates the relationship between caregivers’ response behaviors and signatures of the caregiver-child attachment relationship. I hypothesize that nontraditional language learners might be especially likely to develop insecure attachment styles, due to their caregivers’ difficulties understanding their needs and communicating with them. I used naturalistic video data from four different children (ages...
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