The alignment of head nods with syntactic units in Finnish Sign Language and Swedish Sign Language
Puupponen, A., Jantunen, T., & Mesch, J. (2016). The alignment of head nods with syntactic units in Finnish Sign Language and Swedish Sign Language. In J. Barnes, A. Brugos, S. Shattuck-Hufnagel, & N. Veilleux (Eds.), Speech Prosody 2016 : Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Boston University, USA, 31 May - 3 June 2016 (pp. 168-172). Baixas: International Speech Communication Association. doi:10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-35
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In this paper we examine the relationship between specific head movement events – head nods, often treated as prosodic boundary markers – and syntactic units in Finnish (FinSL) and Swedish Sign Language (SSL). In the study we investigated the alignment of head nods with syntactic units on the basis of a total of 20 (10+10) FinSL and SSL narratives. The results of the study show that in both languages head nods appeared similarly on syntactic boundaries and that the tendency was to align nods sentence-finally. However, not all head nods behaved this way: for example, a relatively large number of head nods were also found to occur sentence-initially or elsewhere in the sentence. Furthermore, head nods occurring on syntactic boundaries also had non-boundary marking functions, and not all syntactic boundaries occurred with head nods.
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Is part of publicationSpeech Prosody 2016 : Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Boston University, USA, 31 May - 3 June 2016