Adapting the visual world paradigm to sign languages: asymmetries in LSF relative clause processing
Hauser Charlotte, CĂ©line Pozniak
March 2021
 

This paper presents the rst cross-modal investigation of subject and object relative clause processing using the Visual World Paradigm (VWP) for written and signed stimuli. We adapt the original audio-visual VWP paradigm to a visual-only display to make it suitable to the investigation of sign languages. We test the viability of this adaptation on an already well-studied population: French native speakers. In this fi rst experiment, we use videos displaying written French stimuli to see if participants are able to both look at the stimuli and perform the VWP task of xating one of two pictures. Crucially, we show that this new visual-only display replicates the results obtained with the original audio-visual design from Pozniak (2018): in both paradigms subject relative clauses are easier to process than object relative clauses in French. This fi rst experiment con rms the reliability of the visual-only VWP. We then present the innovative use of the Visual (only) World Paradigm to investigate for the fi rst time asymmetries in the processing of subject and object relative clauses in a sign language, French Sign Language, with signed sentences as stimuli. The results off er in depth insights both on the linguistics of sign languages and on psycholinguistic research methods.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005847
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Published in: preprint of Journal of Memory and Language
keywords: eye-tracking, visual world paradigm, french sign language, subject and object relative clause processing, french, syntax
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