Thursday, March 24, 2011

Associating movement with sounds and words

The research reported above examines the link between recall of words and signs in American Sign Language subjects. What was discovered was that recall for words that have signs made with similar strokes across the visual field was better than for words that had significantly different sign/stroke patterns. (In other words, the sign serves as a strong associative hub-like function.) What that implies for HIPoeces work is that learners should, for example, be able to better recall the stressed vowel in a word, since the sign-like stroke used in HIPoeces for that vowel is used in all other words the learner has practiced with the same vowel sound. The principle should apply also for rhythm patterns and intonation contours/processes. Numerous studies of the impact of haptic or kinesthetic-related memory validate that general concept:

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