A linguistic tactile language turn

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A linguistic tactile language turn

Children with congenital deafblindness experience severe sensory barriers for the development of language, but in case of no other severe neurological damages, they may have a normal congenital language capacity – a congenital “language acquisition device”. Similar to the natural development of language in the visual modality among deaf children, features of unique tactile languages may also develop naturally among congenital deafblind children. It can be suggested that tactile languages, if they exist, are unique languages shaped by the tactile modality. Similarly to how Stokoe in the 1960s, and colleagues later on, started to investigate the structure of visual sign languages, it may also be possible to understand the structure of tactile languages. To our knowledge no one has investigated congenital deafblind children’s tactile behavior and interaction with others as being emerging tactile language.


Dammeyer J, Nielsen A, Strøm E, Hendar O, Eiriksdottir VK (2015) A Case Study of Tactile Language and its Possible Structure: A Tentative Outline to Study Tactile Language Systems among Children with Congenital Deafblindness. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing 3:133. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000133

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