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Signing and showing in tactual modality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
2018 (English)In: Sign CAFÉ 1: The first international workshop on cognitive and functional explorations in sign language linguistics, 2018, p. 16-17Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Tactile sign languages are described as sign language variants for DeafBlind (DB) signers. When losing their sight, they sign in the tactile modality, while holding each other's hand/s (Edwards, 2015; Mesch, 2001, 2016). Presence of constructed action through eye gaze, and also other articulators such as head and body, requests modification of indicating verbs or depicting verbs (Cormier, Smith, & Sevcikova-Sehyr, 2015). DB signers can be a part of the event and imagine themselves as other referents when producing indicating verbs, or tend to imagine themselves as other referents during production of these verbs in a motivated way (cf. surrogate space of Liddell (2003)). An earlier study (Mesch, Raanes, & Ferrara, 2015) shows that the signer can use her/his own or the other interlocutor’s hand or body part as part of the utterance to create joint attention/meaning.The Tactile Sign Language Corpus currently features one long and 60 short video files (totally 4:30 hours) with accompanying annotation files created in the multimodal annotation tool ELAN. Annotation work with glosses and translation is ongoing. Only two of the video files are selected, with two DB male signers, to highlight the study on referring people and constructing events without gaze directions and head movements. The elicitation method for data collection differs from other sign language corpora because of limited possibilities to use a picture book, cartoons or video. In this presentation, we will describe tactual elicitation methods.In general, the results show that the use of constructed action by DB signers differs from the one by sighted signers. The DB signers use different strategies to show what the referents are doing in the narratives. The results also show that they create fewer surrogate and token spaces, but they are able to complete them tactually through placing signs in different directions and distances, and also using the other interlocutor’s hand or arm as part of the mental space, see Figures 1-3.

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2018. p. 16-17
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Sign Language
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164119DiVA, id: diva2:1278192
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SignCAFÉ 1: The First International Workshop on Cognitive and Functional Explorations in Sign Language Linguistics, Birmingham, UK, July 30-31, 2018
Available from: 2019-01-13 Created: 2019-01-13 Last updated: 2019-04-10Bibliographically approved

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