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On the rhythm of head movements in Finnish and Swedish Sign Language sentences
University of Jyväskylä.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9736-5425
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
University of Jyväskylä.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1683-685X
Aalto University.
2016 (English)In: The Proceedings of Speech Prosody 8, 2016, 850-853 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates, with the help of computer-vision technology,the similarities and differences in the rhythm of themovements of the head in sentences in Finnish (FinSL) andSwedish Sign Language (SSL). The results show that themovement of the head in the two languages is often very similar:in both languages, the instances when the movement of thehead changes direction were distributed similarly with regardto clause-boundaries, and the contours of the roll (tilting-like)motion of the head during the sentences were similar. Concerningdifferences, direction changes were found to be usedmore effectively in the marking of clause-boundaries in FinSL,and in SSL the head moved nearly twice as fast as in FinSL. However, the small amount of data means that the results canbe considered to be only preliminary. The paper indicates theroll angle of the head as a domain for further work on head related rhythm.

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2016. 850-853 p.
Keyword [en]
rhythm, head movement, sentence, Finnish Sign Language, Swedish Sign Language
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Sign Language
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134367OAI: diva2:1033158
Speech Prosody 8, Boston University, May 31-June 3, 2016
Available from: 2016-10-05 Created: 2016-10-05 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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