Monday, July 5, 2010
It's Right on the Tip of My Finger
At the same time, even spoken language can be tricky. We all know the feeling of knowing a word, having it right on the tip of our tongue, and not being able to just come out with it. That is because the meaning (or semantics) of a word is separate from its actual word (the phonology).
So I was unsurprised to read this blog post from Psyblog about this. The post concerns a scientific study published in Psychological Science that confirms the phenomenon is not just limited to spoken languages. People who speak a signed language can be certain they know a sign but be unable to actually do it. According to the study, "[s]pecifically, signers were more likely to retrieve a target sign's handshape, location, and orientation than to retrieve its movement. Signers also frequently recalled the first letter of a finger-spelled word."