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Describing buoys from the perspective of discourse markers: a cross-genre study in French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2918-108X
2020 (English)In: Sign Language and Linguistics, ISSN 1387-9316, E-ISSN 1569-996X, Vol. 2, no 22Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

This paper provides a description of the distribution of buoys across genres and of their possible functions as discourse markers in French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB). We selected a sample of dialogic genres—argumentative, explanatory, narrative and metalinguistic—produced by different signers from the LSFB Corpus. In our dataset, buoys are unequally distributed across genres, and list and fragment buoys are the most frequent. Apart from a pointer and a point buoy, only some list buoys have discourse-marking functions, including enumeration, alternative and addition. On the basis of the distribution of all types of buoys, the narrative dialogic genre is the most different as compared to the other three genres. It is characterised by a lower frequency of list buoys and a higher frequency of fragment buoys. When focusing on discourse-marking buoys, the explanatory genre attracts the higher number of tokens, which we relate to the higher degree of preparation as compared to the other genres.

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2020. Vol. 2, no 22
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Buoys, genres, discourse markers, functions
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Sign Language
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168974OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168974DiVA, id: diva2:1317177
Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-09-20

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