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Questions and response in tactile sign language use
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this study, we will focus on questions and responses of deafblind people in two sign languages in tactual modality: Swedish Sign Language and Norwegian Sign Language. Everyday conversation in sign language works by the combination of manual expressions made by the hands and body in combination with non-manual (visual) expressions. The visual non-manual expressions may include eye gaze, facial expressions and mouth movement. The usage of interrogative structures (how to express questions) is a typical part of signed languages where the visual and non-manual components have specific importance as signals of a question or a wish for response. Many studies have focused on various aspects of question and response in several sign languages, giving insight on the importance of precise usage of the non-manual parts of signing (e.g. Zeshan, 2006). Tactile sign languages are used in dialogical situations where those involved in the interaction not are able to see each other. Based on earlier studies of tactile sign languages (Mesch, 1998, 2013; Mesch, Raanes, & Ferrara, 2015; Raanes, 2006, 2011), we are investigating understanding practices and mistakes concerning questions and responses. Based on our empirical data from natural interaction between adult deafblind signers, we will focus on a selection on ways of getting attention towards request for response and how to question-constructions are formed in datasets from those two sign languages. The findings from this study show that there are different type of questions (content, polar, rhetorical) and type of social actions (e.g. request for confirmation or clarification, repair, etc.), where deafblind signers have their own strategies (e.g. fingerspelling, repetition etc.) to understand each other.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
sign language, tactile sign language
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Sign Language
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-171616OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-171616DiVA, id: diva2:1343588
Conference
16th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA), Hong Kong, China, 9-14 June, 2019
Available from: 2019-08-17 Created: 2019-08-17 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved

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