Grammatical processing in American Sign Language: Age of first-language acquisition effects in relation to syntactic structure

  title={Grammatical processing in American Sign Language: Age of first-language acquisition effects in relation to syntactic structure},
  author={Patrick Boudreault and Rachel I. Mayberry},
  journal={Language and Cognitive Processes},
  pages={608 - 635}
Sentence processing in American Sign Language (ASL) was investigated as a function of age of first language acquisition with a timed grammatical judgement task. Participants were 30 adults who were born deaf and first exposed to a fully perceptible language between the ages of birth and 13 years. Stimuli were grammatical and ungrammatical examples of six ASL syntactic structures: simple, negative, agreement verb, wh-question, relative clause and classifier sentences. As delay in exposure to a… 

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