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Co-forming real space blends in tactile signed language dialogues
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
2015 (English)In: Cognitive Linguistics, ISSN 0936-5907, E-ISSN 1613-3641, Vol. 26, no 2, 261-287 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports on a linguistic study examining the use of real space blending in the tactile signed languages of Norwegian and Swedish signers who are both deaf and blind. Tactile signed languages are typically produced by interactants in contact with each other’s hands while signing. Of particular interest to this study are utterances which not only consist of the signer producing signs with his or her own hands (or other body parts), but which also recruit the other interactant’s hands (or another body part). These utterances, although perhaps less frequent, are co-constructed, in a very real sense, and they illustrate meaning construction during emerging, embodied discourse. Here, we analyze several examples of these types of utterances from a cognitive linguistic and cognitive semiotic perspective to explore how interactants prompt meaning construction through touch and the involvement of each other’s bodies during a particular type of co-regulation.

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2015. Vol. 26, no 2, 261-287 p.
Keyword [en]
tactile signed language, Norwegian Sign Language, Swedish Sign Language, blending, meaning construction
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Sign Language
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115255DOI: 10.1515/cog-2014-0066ISI: 000353946200003OAI: diva2:796246
Available from: 2015-03-18 Created: 2015-03-18 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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