Although signed and speech-based languages have a similar internal organization of verbal short-term memory, sign span is lower than word span. We investigated whether this is due to the fact that signs are not suited for serial recall, as proposed by Bavelier, Newport, Hall, Supalla, and Boutla (2008. Ordered short-term memory differs in signers and speakers: Implications for models of short-term memory. Cognition, 107, 433-459). We administered a serial recall task with stimuli in Italian Sign Language to 12 deaf people, and we compared their performance with that of twelve age-, gender-, and education-matched hearing participants who performed the task in Italian. The results do not offer evidence for the hypothesis that serial order per se is a detrimental factor for deaf participants. An alternative explanation for the lower sign span based on signs being phonologically heavier than words is considered. © The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Gozzi, M., Geraci, C., Cecchetto, C., Perugini, M., Papagno, C. (2011). Looking for an explanation for the low sign span. Is order involved?. JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION, 16(1), 101-107 [10.1093/deafed/enq035].

Looking for an explanation for the low sign span. Is order involved?

GOZZI, MARTA;GERACI, CARLO;CECCHETTO, CARLO;PERUGINI, MARCO;PAPAGNO, COSTANZA
2011

Abstract

Although signed and speech-based languages have a similar internal organization of verbal short-term memory, sign span is lower than word span. We investigated whether this is due to the fact that signs are not suited for serial recall, as proposed by Bavelier, Newport, Hall, Supalla, and Boutla (2008. Ordered short-term memory differs in signers and speakers: Implications for models of short-term memory. Cognition, 107, 433-459). We administered a serial recall task with stimuli in Italian Sign Language to 12 deaf people, and we compared their performance with that of twelve age-, gender-, and education-matched hearing participants who performed the task in Italian. The results do not offer evidence for the hypothesis that serial order per se is a detrimental factor for deaf participants. An alternative explanation for the lower sign span based on signs being phonologically heavier than words is considered. © The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
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Phonological Short Term Memory, sign languages
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Gozzi, M., Geraci, C., Cecchetto, C., Perugini, M., Papagno, C. (2011). Looking for an explanation for the low sign span. Is order involved?. JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION, 16(1), 101-107 [10.1093/deafed/enq035].
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