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Point Buoys: The Weak Hand as a Point of Reference for Time and Space
Institutt för spesialpedagogikk, Universitet i Oslo.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics. Avdelningen för teckenspråk.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8450-2734
2007 (English)In: Simultaneity in Signed Languages: Form and Function, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia , 2007, 217-235 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In his account of the weak hand’s function as a marker at discourse level in American Sign Language, Liddell (2003) introduces the concept of “buoys”, which are signs that are “held in a stationary configuration as the strong hand continues producing signs” (p. 223). The types of buoys identified include list buoys, fragment buoys, the THEME buoy, and the POINTER buoy. In the present chapter we argue that Norwegian Sign Language and Swedish Sign Language have yet another category of buoys, point buoys. In contrast to other types of buoys a point buoy neither represents, nor points at, a prominent discourse entity. Instead, a point buoy represents a point in time or space in relation to which other signs are located and is used for visualizing temporal and spatial relations between entities.

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia , 2007. 217-235 p.
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Teckenspråk, Sign language
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General Language Studies and Linguistics General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10332ISBN: 978 90 272 4796 4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-10332DiVA: diva2:176851
Available from: 2007-12-27 Created: 2007-12-27 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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