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Title: Can experience with co-speech gesture influence the prosody of a sign language? Sign language prosodic cues in bimodal bilinguals
Author: Diane Brentari
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Homepage: http://linguistics.uchicago.edu/people/brentari.shtml
Institution: University of Chicago
Author: Marie A. Nadolske
Institution: Montclair State University
Author: George Wolford
Institution: Purdue University
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: American Sign Language
Abstract: In this paper the prosodic structure of American Sign Language (ASL) narratives is analyzed in deaf native signers (L1-D), hearing native signers (L1-H), and highly proficient hearing second language signers (L2-H). The results of this study show that the prosodic patterns used by these groups are associated both with their ASL language experience (L1 or L2) and with their hearing status (deaf or hearing), suggesting that experience using co-speech gesture (i.e. gesturing while speaking) may have some effect on the prosodic cues used by hearing signers, similar to the effects of the prosodic structure of an L1 on an L2.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 15, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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