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ERIC Number: EJ1231366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
Assessing the Comprehension of Spatial Perspectives in ASL Classifier Constructions
Brozdowski, Chris; Secora, Kristen; Emmorey, Karen
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v24 n3 p214-222 Jul 2019
In ASL spatial classifier expressions, the location of the hands in signing space depicts the relative position of described objects. When objects are physically present, the arrangement of the hands maps to the observed position of objects in the world (Shared Space). For non-present objects, interlocutors must perform a mental transformation to take the signer's perspective ("Signer Space"). The ASL Spatial Perspective Comprehension Test (ASPCT) was developed to assess the comprehension of locative expressions produced in both Shared and Signer Space, viewed from both canonical Face-to-face and 90° offset viewing angles. Deaf signers (N = 38) performed better with Shared than Signer Space. Viewing angle only impacted Signer Space comprehension (90° offset better than 180° Face-to-face). ASPCT performance correlated positively with both nonverbal intelligence and ASL proficiency. These findings indicate that the mental transformation required to understand a signer's perspective is not automatic, takes time, and is cognitively demanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01DC010997