Linguistics Colloquium: Hope Morgan

08/01/2019 - 14:00 - 15:30

Hope Morgan, University of Haifa

Title: Understanding phonological complexity in sign language lexicons 

Abstract: It is well established that phonological complexity plays a role in the acquisition and processing of spoken languages (Demuth 1995; Gierut 2007; Kirk 2008). This talk will examine the role of phonological complexity in a different language modality—in sign languages that use manual articulators and visual processing. In this talk, I describe a current project underway at the University of Haifa (in collaboration with Drs. Wendy Sandler and Rama Novogrodsky) that seeks to better understand how phonologically complexity is distributed across three sign language lexicons (Israeli Sign Language, American Sign Language, Kenyan Sign Language), and which factors are involved in the distribution of complexity in synchronic lexicons, in frequency of use, and in language acquisition. 

Demuth, Katherine. 1995. Markedness and the Development of Prosodic Structure. GLSA (Graduate Linguistic Student Association), Dept. of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts: 17.

Gierut, Judith A. 2007. Phonological Complexity and Language Learnability. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 16: 6.

Kirk, Cecilia. 2008. Substitution Errors in the Production of Word-Initial and Word-Final Consonant Clusters. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research 51: 35.


Place: Building 507 room 106


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