Deaf individuals have difficulties in comprehending written text, as well as oral language. As a consequence, learning from text is compromised in deaf individuals. We hypothesized that a transposition of the Italian Sign Language to its written counterpart could enhance signing deaf individuals’ comprehension and learning from text. We confirmed our prediction for comprehension and learning for technical texts in Experiment 1 and for narrative texts in Experiment 2; signing deaf individuals’ text comprehension and learning therefore benefit from a written language whose structure reflects the structure of their visual-spatial sign language. We speculate that, for signing deaf individuals, practice in reading written sign language texts might positively affect the ability to comprehend the written oral language texts.

A written version of Sign Language can enhance signing deaf individuals’ comprehension and learning from texts.

BUCCIARELLI, Monica
2013

Abstract

Deaf individuals have difficulties in comprehending written text, as well as oral language. As a consequence, learning from text is compromised in deaf individuals. We hypothesized that a transposition of the Italian Sign Language to its written counterpart could enhance signing deaf individuals’ comprehension and learning from text. We confirmed our prediction for comprehension and learning for technical texts in Experiment 1 and for narrative texts in Experiment 2; signing deaf individuals’ text comprehension and learning therefore benefit from a written language whose structure reflects the structure of their visual-spatial sign language. We speculate that, for signing deaf individuals, practice in reading written sign language texts might positively affect the ability to comprehend the written oral language texts.
35st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Berlin
July 31st-August 4th 2013
Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Cognitive Science Society
3663
3668
deaf individuals; text comprehension; learning; Italian Sign language
Vendrame M.; Cutica I.; & Bucciarelli M.
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