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Manual backchannel responses in signers' conversations in Swedish Sign Language
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
2016 (English)In: Language & Communication, ISSN 0271-5309, E-ISSN 1873-3395, Vol. 50, 22-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current study aims to determine the manual backchannel responses that signers use in Swedish Sign Language discourse by analyzing a subset of the SSL Corpus. The investiga- tion found 20% of the backchannel responses in this data to be manual. The study focuses on the manual backchannel responses that consist of signs (mostly the sign gloss YES) and gesture-like signs (PU “palms up”), and other manual activities, which can occur at a relatively low height in signing space. With respect to age groups, younger signers engage in more weak manual activity than older signers.

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2016. Vol. 50, 22-41 p.
Keyword [en]
backchannel signal, turn-taking, sign language conversation, Swedish Sign Language
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Sign Language
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134732DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2016.08.011OAI: diva2:1037668
Available from: 2016-10-17 Created: 2016-10-17 Last updated: 2016-10-17

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