The only text to present descriptions and research syntheses on the major language/communication systems-oral English, sign systems, and ASL! The Fourth Edition of Language and Deafness covers language and literacy development from preschool through adolescence. It provides a clear depiction of the language/communication systems of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents, and offers a comprehensive discussion of the current theories of language acquisition. In an easy-to-read, accessible manner, students will learn the basics of language development and the relationship between language and cognition. Oral communication methods and English-like signing systems, linguistics/sociolinguistics of American Sign Language, and multicultural aspects, including bilingualism and second-language learning are covered in detail. Each chapter includes major objectives, summaries, suggested readings, problem-solving activities and challenge review questions to stimulate and provoke classroom dialogue. New to the Fourth Edition: Thorough updates to every chapter New chapter on Writing (Chapter 8) New chapter on Literate Thought (Chapter 9) A new section on cued speech/language and cochlear implants (Chapter 4) More detailed chapter on American Sign Language with a description of relationship between the use of ASL and the development of English as a second language More case scenarios Instructor's Manual with comprehension questions and a test bank now available!