8.6 Impact of families
Impact of families
Firstly, there are few signing Deaf parents of Deaf children. This means that parents cannot pass the same language on to their children. This break between generations makes for very large changes in the language between generations. About 90% of deaf children have hearing parents. Some of the parents sign and some don't, but even when the parents sign, they may also use family and home signs mixed with their BSL. When the deaf child signs with other people some of those family signs can be passed on and the language can change. Not all Deaf parents sign to their children. Some use oral communication, but those who sign will pass their BSL on to their children, who will pass it on to their friends, perhaps with a few small changes as the children share their language.
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