Publication details [#65517]

Emmorey, Karen, Zed Sevcikova Sehyr, Brenda Nicodemus and Jennifer Petrich. 2018. Referring strategies in American Sign Language and English (with co-speech gesture): The role of modality in referring to non-nameable objects. Applied Psycholinguistics 39 (5) : 961–987.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Cambridge University Press


This study explored the impact of language modality on the production and mutual admission of reference to non-nameable figures in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. In all, distinct linguistic resources (classifier constructions vs. geometric vocabulary) layed divers claims on referring strategies in ASL and English.