Can experience with gesture influence the prosody of a Sign language? ASL Prosodic Cues in Bimodal Bilinguals

Autor/a: BRENTARI, Diane; NADOLSKE, Marie; WOLFORD, George
Año: 2012
Editorial: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Vol. 15, Nº 2 (2012) pp. 402-412
Tipo de código: DOI
Código: 10.1017/S13667289110
Soporte: Digital


Educación » Adquisición y desarrollo del lenguaje, Formación


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.