Our lab studies the structure of sign languages. What allows human beings to use sign languages? Why do signed languages share some important features with spoken languages? And why do people develop sign languages spontaneously, even if they have no access to sign language in their environment?
Research at the sign-language phonology lab at Northeastern University addresses these questions. In our experiments, people are presented with videos of simple signs, either signs that exist as words in ASL, or new signs, and we ask them to make quick, simple judgments about those displays (e.g., does the video include one unit or two?). The experiments take about 45 minutes, and we pay participants $20 for their participation.
We are looking for Deaf native users of American Sign Language to take part in an experiment on the perception of language. If interested, please contact Amanda Dupuis firstname.lastname@example.org.
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