Neidle, MacLaughlin, Bahan, and Kegl (1996).
Non-Manual Correlates of Syntactic Agreement in American Sign Language.
Report No. 2, American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project. Boston University.

This article is intended to illustrate how language research that is based on videotaped data can be distributed in conjunction with the actual data. The article specifically presents our own research on the structure of American Sign Language, focusing in particular on the non-manual expression of syntactic information. Videotaped examples are provided for all grammatical sentences referenced in the article. The sentences are signed by a native ASL signer (Benjamin Bahan, one of the co-authors of the article).

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