4. Language and Cognition (co-ordinator: Vigliocco)

This strand looks at iconicity (i.e., the presence of a somewhat trasparent link between sign/word form and meaning), as a phenomenon present in signed and spoken languages that helps brdging between language and the world. In series of studies we will study whether iconicity failitate learning and processing of language in BSL and in different spoken languages, in both adults and children. In other projects we look at how motion of signs is understood in visual noise, how sign language classifiers are processed in the brain by hearing and deaf participants, and the characteristics of inner signing.

Researchers involved: Gabriella Vigliocco, Mairead MacSweeney, Robin Thompson, Pamela Perniss, Gary Morgan, Joanna Atkinson, Rachel England

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