Ann Senghas

In December 2020, research by psychology professor Ann Senghas was published in the third chapter of the Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology. In her article, "Connecting Language Acquisition and Language Evolution: Clues from the Emergence of Nicaraguan Sign Language," the sign language expert explores language as an "adaptive" system — one that is understood symbolically by a child's learning mechanisms — and focuses on young learners of Nicaraguan Sign Language, as an example for how language patterns are picked up and integrated.