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The non-dominant hand in a Swedish Sign Language Discourse
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3150-1492
2007 (English)In: Simultaneity in Signed Languages: Form and Function / [ed] Vermeerbergen, M., Leeson. L, Crasborn, O, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company , 2007, 163-185 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Signed language users can draw on a range of articulators when expressing linguistic messages, including the hands, torso, eye gaze, and mouth. Sometimes these articulators work in tandem to produce one lexical item while in other instances they operate to convey different types of information simultaneously. Over the past fifteen years, there has been a growing interest in the issue of simultaneity in signed languages. However, this book is the first to offer a comprehensive treatment of this topic, presenting a collection of papers dealing with different aspects of simultaneity in a range of related and unrelated signed languages, in descriptive and cross-linguistic treatments which are set in different theoretical frameworks. This volume has relevance for those interested in sign linguistics, in teaching and learning signed languages, and is also highly recommended to anyone interested in the fundamental underpinnings of human language and the effects of signed versus spoken modality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company , 2007. 163-185 p.
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Current issues in linguistic theory, ISSN 0304-0763 ; 281
Keyword [en]
Swedish Sign Language, simultaneous constructions
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Sign Language
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20206ISBN: 978-90-272-4796-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20206DiVA: diva2:186732
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Available from: 2010-04-28 Created: 2007-03-06 Last updated: 2013-11-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Studies in Swedish Sign Language: Reference, Real Space Blending, and Interpretation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studies in Swedish Sign Language: Reference, Real Space Blending, and Interpretation
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis comprises four separate studies of the same material: a ten-minute Swedish Sign Language monologue. Study I describes the form, meaning, and use of the sign INDEX-c, a pointing toward the chest traditionally described as a first person pronoun. It is argued that INDEX-c is used not only with specific reference to the signer or a quoted signer, but also with non-specific reference. Contrary to what has been reported, INDEX-c is used not only for constructed dialogue, but also in constructed action. The analysis reveals two separate forms, as well, labeled as reduced INDEX-c and distinct INDEX-c, respectively. Study II describes the activities of the non-dominant hand when it is not part of a two-handed sign. A continuum is suggested, moving from different rest positions that do not contribute to the discourse content, via mirroring of the dominant hand, for example, to instances where the non-dominant hand produces signs of its own while the dominant hand remains inactive, i.e. dominance reversal. Several of the activities of the non-dominant hand, including the four types of buoys that are described, help structure the discourse by indicating the current topic. Study III uses Mental Space Theory and Conceptual Blending Theory to describe the use of signing space for reference. A correlation is shown between discourse content and the area in the signing space toward which signs are meaningfully directed, and also between these directions and which types of Real Space blends the signer mainly uses: token blends or surrogate blends. Finally Study IV looks in more detail at three segments of the discourse and their Real Space blend structure. An initial analysis of eight interpretations into spoken Swedish is also conducted, focusing on whether preselected content units (discourse entities and relations) are identified. A large number of Real Space blends and blended entities are argued to result in less successful renditions measured in terms of preselected content units.

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Stockholm: Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, 2010. 21 p.
Keyword
Swedish Sign Language, INDEX-c, first person pronoun, non-dominant hand, buoys, Real Space blending, token blend, surrogate blend, signing space, constructed dialogue, constructed action, sign language interpreting
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Sign Language
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37026 (URN)978-91-7447-014-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-05-21, sal G, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 C, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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För att köpa boken skicka en beställning till exp@ling.su.se/ To order the book send an e-mail to exp@ling.su.seAvailable from: 2010-04-28 Created: 2010-02-04 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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