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Verbalism in the Narrative Language of Children Who Are Blind and Sighted
Abstract: This study examined the use of verbalisms by 62 children aged 7–14 who were totally blind from birth and 64 sighted children. It found that a child's degree of sight and gender did not affect the frequency with which verbalisms were used; only age had a significant positive effect. The study shows that language is a flexible structure that is used correctly by children who are congenitally blind as they adapt to the language used by those around them.
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