New article by faculty Terra Edwards “Bridging the gap between DeafBlind minds…” in Frontiers of Psychology

“Bridging the gap between DeafBlind minds: interactional and social foundations of intention attribution in the Seattle DeafBlind community” 

In this article, Edwards shows how the pro-tactile movement is triggering a grammatical divergence between Tactile American Sign Language (TASL) and Visual American Sign Language (VASL). In particular, it focuses on how recent changes in social and interactional structure have given rise to a contrast between demonstratives and locatives, two types of pointing signs in TASL. While TASL and VASL are diverging, these changes make it easier for DeafBlind people to converge on objects of reference, without relying on sighted people to mediate.

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