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The British Sign Language (BSL) norms for age of acquisition, familiarity, and iconicity

Vinson, D. P., Cormier, K., Denmark, T., Schembri, A., & Vigliocco, G. (2008)


A set of norms for age of acquisition, familiarity, and iconicity for 300 British Sign Language (BSL) signs, as rated* by deaf signers. These data are provided in the hope that they may prove useful to other researchers studying BSL and other signed languages. The folders below contain video clips of the BSL signs that were rated:


The following files with the ratings can be found in the archive folder "A-D":

*Ratings are not the age at which a native BSL learner would be expected to have learnt a given sign - these estimates are based on a variety of signers, not all native - so they are best thought of as an estimate of the order in which signs may be learnt. (Lower values = learnt earlier).

Reference

Vinson, D. P., Cormier, K., Denmark, T., Schembri, A., & Vigliocco, G. (2008). The British Sign Language (BSL) norms for age of acquisition, familiarity, and iconicity. Behavior Research Methods, 40(4), 1079-1087.

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