Deaf Parents of Cochlear-Implanted Children: Beliefs on Bimodal Bilingualism

J. C. Mitchiner
2014 Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education  
This study investigated 17 Deaf 1 families in North America with cochlear-implanted children about their attitudes, beliefs, and practices on bimodal bilingualism (defined as using both a visual/manual language and an aural/oral language) in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. A survey and follow-up interviews with 8 families were conducted. The majority of the Deaf families exhibited positive beliefs toward bimodal bilingualism, where they set high expectations for their children to
more » ... ir children to become equally fluent in both languages. However, their perspectives about the purpose for each language differed; they viewed English as a "survival language" and ASL as a "cultural language" but supported the use of both languages at home as part of their children's lives.
doi:10.1093/deafed/enu028 pmid:25237151 fatcat:jajm45yesjdepf7uwvfghs33gu