Tools for Language: Patterned Iconicity in Sign Language Nouns and Verbs

@article{Padden2015ToolsFL,
  title={Tools for Language: Patterned Iconicity in Sign Language Nouns and Verbs},
  author={Carol Padden and So-One Hwang and Ryan Lepic and Sharon Seegers},
  journal={Topics in cognitive science},
  year={2015},
  volume={7 1},
  pages={81-94}
}
When naming certain hand-held, man-made tools, American Sign Language (ASL) signers exhibit either of two iconic strategies: a handling strategy, where the hands show holding or grasping an imagined object in action, or an instrument strategy, where the hands represent the shape or a dimension of the object in a typical action. The same strategies are also observed in the gestures of hearing nonsigners identifying pictures of the same set of tools. In this paper, we compare spontaneously… CONTINUE READING

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