The Linguistic Structure and Neural Representation of Classifier Constructions: Through the Lens of fNIRS Neuroimaging of Adults

The Linguistic Structure and Neural Representation of Classifier Constructions: Through the Lens of fNIRS Neuroimaging of Adults

Question: Do the visual resources in signed languages result in American Sign Language classifier constructions engaging additional neural systems for non-morphemic processing? In other words, are classifier constructions only processed as morphemic?

Goals: Understand the extent to which biological variation signed and spoken language modalities influences language structure. Lay the groundwork for future studies on how children process iconicity in signed languages.