Starting to make sense: Further developing a nonsense sign repetition task

Autor/a: KLOMP, Ulrika
Año: 2018
Editorial: FEAST, Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory, Vol. 2 (2018) pp. 103-115
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The nonsense sign repetition task that was developed for Sign Language of the Netherlands in 2015 (the NGT-NSRT) is investigated further in this paper. Specifically, I look into differences in performances on the NGT-NSRT between deaf signers and CODAs, into the effect of movement complexity on the scores of the participants, and into the relationship between phoneme-based scores and binary correct/incorrect scores. It turns out that the deaf signers score significantly better than the CODAs, and that the participants score significantly worse on signs with a combined movement compared to signs with a single movement. Furthermore, phoneme-based scores and correct/incorrect scores are significantly correlated. No evidence was found for a difference in complexity between signs with a hand-internal movement and signs with a path movement. Suggestions for further research and an alternative analysis of phonological complexity, as adopted by Vink (2018), are discussed.