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Tactile signing with one-handed perception
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
2013 (English)In: Sign Language Studies, ISSN 0302-1475, E-ISSN 1533-6263, Vol. 13, no 2, 238-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tactile signing among persons with deaf-blindness is not homogenous;rather, like other forms of language, it exhibits variation, especiallyin turn taking. Early analyses of tactile Swedish Sign Language,tactile Norwegian Sign Language, and tactile French Sign Languagefocused on tactile communication with four hands, in which partiallyblind or functionally blind signers use both hands for productionand perception in the conversation dyad. In this article, I add to thisbody of research by focusing on tactile one-handed perception inSwedish Sign Language, in which a signer uses the left hand to produceand receive signs, and an addressee uses the right hand not onlyto receive but also to produce signs after taking a turn. As part ofthis discussion, I also look at issues of conversation regulation, handmovement during the turn change, and variation in the backchannelsignals. The study shows that in tactile signing, interlocutors mustchange hand position when taking turns.

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2013. Vol. 13, no 2, 238-263 p.
Keyword [en]
tactile sign language, deaf-blind
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Sign Language
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88530OAI: diva2:611821
Available from: 2013-03-18 Created: 2013-03-18 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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