The alignment of head nods with syntactic units in Finnish Sign Language and Swedish Sign Language
2016 (English)In: The Proceedings of Speech Prosody 8, 2016, 168-172 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In this paper we examine the relationship between specifichead movement events – head nods, often treated as prosodicboundary markers – and syntactic units in Finnish (FinSL) andSwedish Sign Language (SSL). In the study we investigatedthe alignment of head nods with syntactic units on the basis ofa total of 20 (10+10) FinSL and SSL narratives. The results ofthe study show that in both languages head nods appeared similarlyon syntactic boundaries and that the tendency was toalign nods sentence-finally. However, not all head nods behavedthis way: for example, a relatively large number of headnods were also found to occur sentence-initially or elsewherein the sentence. Furthermore, head nods occurring on syntacticboundaries also had non-boundary marking functions, and notall syntactic boundaries occurred with head nods.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 168-172 p.
boundary marker, head movement, syntactic unit, Finnish Sign Language, Swedish Sign Language
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Sign Language
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134369OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-134369DiVA: diva2:1033159
Speech Prosody 8, Boston University, May 31-June 3, 2016