Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Ken Bleile, Honors Thesis Advisor


Sign language acquisition; Nonverbal communication in infants; Second language acquisition;


The purpose of this thesis project is to determine the relationship between an infant's acquisition of Baby Sign and their ability to acquire a second language later in life. An explanation of why infancy is a critical time for language development will be presented and information about the impact of Baby Sign on an infant's development will be provided. There are many research and popular claims regarding Baby Sign that will be discussed, in addition to research findings concerning second language learning. Based on this research, conclusions about the connection between Baby Sign and second language learning will be drawn and suggestions for future research will be provided. The expectation of this thesis project is that a positive correlation between the use of Baby Sign and later second language learning will be established.

Year of Submission



Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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