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Form and discourse function of the pointing toward the chest in Swedish Sign Language
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3150-1492
2004 (English)In: Sign Language and Linguistics, ISSN 1387-9316, Vol. 7, no 1, 3-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The object of this study is a sign glossed index-c, a point toward the signer’s chest, and its use in Swedish Sign Language. The sign has often been referred to as the first person pronoun of Swedish Sign Language, and it has been claimed that index-c is only used for non-first person reference in reported speech (Wallin 1987; Ahlgren 1991; Simper-Allen 1999). In the analyzed material, however, index-c is also used for non-first person reference when the actions and thoughts of a referent are rendered. A closer look also made it clear that there are actually two different forms of index-c, with different distribution, and that there appears to be an indefinite pronoun in Swedish Sign Language. What is presented here is thus an analysis of the use and meaning of two forms of the sign that was initially glossed index-c.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Benjamins , 2004. Vol. 7, no 1, 3-30 p.
Keyword [en]
first person pronoun, index-c, non-first person reference, reported speech, Swedish Sign Language
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Sign Language
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20210DiVA: diva2:186736
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
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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
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37026 (URN)978-91-7447-014-7 (ISBN)
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2010-05-21, sal G, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 C, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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