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Sign-Gesture Interface in Second Language Learners

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Dr. Gerardo Ortega


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Hearing speakers use speech as the main mode of communication but they also use a complex set of gestures for communicative purposes. For example, they may re-enact the action of smoking while saying ‘I’ll be outside’. Interestingly, these gestures often have similar forms as signs but without the same level of conventionalisation.


Research Gerardo-3The question addressed in this study is how these sign-gesture similarities may influence sign language acquisition in hearing second language learners. Using a range of behavioural and electrophysiological methods, this project will explore the sign-gesture interface at the earliest stages of sign L2 learning.


This project is supported by a VENI Grant (2013-2017) awarded to Gerardo Ortega by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO).

Information about this project is available in Nederlandse gebarentaal (NGT) with English subtitles (below) or Dutch subtitles.

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Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) - VENI Grant (2015 - 2017)

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