Signed languages present a natural opportunity to explore what aspects of language processing are universal and what aspects are affected by the particular characteristics of audition versus vision or by the specific constraints on manual versus vocal articulation. In this project, we use a variety of psycholinguistic methods to address the following questions:
- Can models of speech production be applied to sign production?
- How do signers monitor their language output to catch signing mistakes?
- Does iconicity (the resemblance between a sign and its meaning) have an impact on language comprehension or production?
- How is sign language phonology represented and accessed in the mental lexicon (our mental “dictionary”)?
- How does speech perception differ from sign perception?
- Do signers and speakers refer to space in the same way?
- How do signers gesture?
This research is supported by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (R01 DC101977) and by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD13249).
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- Udoff, J. (2012). Mouthings in American Sign Language: Biomechanical and Representational Foundations. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). San Diego State University, San Diego. Click to request PDF
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- Emmorey, K., Bosworth, R., & Kraljic, T. (2009). Visual feedback and self-monitoring of sign language. Journal of Memory and Language, 61, 398-411.
- Secora, K., Emmorey, K., Pyers, J., & Perniss, P. (2015). Perspective-taking in manually-produced spatial descriptions and the role of inhibitory control. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, March, Leipzig, Germany.
- Weber, J., Emmorey, K., & Sevicikova Sehyr, Z. (2015). Investigating lexical frequency in American Sign Language. San Diego State University Student Research Symposium, March, San Diego, California. (pdf)
- Udoff, J., & Emmorey, K. (2014). Coordination between the hands and mouth: A kinematic experiment in ASL. Paper presented at the International Society for Gesture Studies conference, July, San Diego, California.
- Sevcikova Sehyr, Z. & Emmorey, K. (2014). Gesture serves the speaker more than the listener in descriptions of ineffable shapes. Paper presented at the International Society for Gesture Studies conference, July, San Diego, California.
- Emmorey, K., Petrich, J., O’Grady, L, Bassett, A., & Spurgeon, E. (2013). The relation between linguistic and spatial working memory capacity in sign language processing. Poster presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research 11 conference, London, England. (pdf)
- Petrich, J., Nicodemus, B., & O’Grady, L. (2013). Spatial language in dialogue: The role of modality in creating shape-based referring expressions. Poster presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research 11 conference, London, England. (pdf)