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          Institute: MPI für Psycholinguistik     Collection: Yearbook 2010     Display Documents



ID: 453459.0, MPI für Psycholinguistik / Yearbook 2010
Making sense of nonsense in British Sign Language (BSL): The contribution of different phonological parameters to sign recognition.
Authors:Orfanidou, Eleni; Adam, Robert; McQueen, James M.; Morgan, Gary
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2009
Title of Journal:Memory & Cognition
Volume:37
Issue / Number:3
Start Page:302
End Page:315
Audience:Experts Only
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Do all components of a sign contribute equally to its recognition? In the present study, misperceptions in the sign-spotting task (based on the word-spotting task; Cutler & Norris, 1988) were analyzed to address this question. Three groups of deaf signers of British Sign Language (BSL) with different ages of acquisition (AoA) saw BSL signs combined with nonsense signs, along with combinations of two nonsense signs. They were asked to spot real signs and report what they had spotted. We will present an analysis of false alarms to the nonsense-sign combinations—that is, misperceptions of nonsense signs as real signs (cf. van Ooijen, 1996). Participants modified the movement and handshape parameters more than the location parameter. Within this pattern, however, there were differences as a function of AoA. These results show that the theoretical distinctions between form-based parameters in sign-language models have consequences for online processing. Vowels and consonants have different roles in speech recognition; similarly, it appears that movement, handshape, and location parameters contribute differentially to sign recognition.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:kastens
Affiliations:MPI für Psycholinguistik
Identifiers:LOCALID:escidoc:64550
DOI:10.3758/MC.37.3.302
URL:http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/pubman/item/escidoc:6455...
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