Constructed Action, the Clause and the Nature of Syntax in Finnish Sign Language
Jantunen, T. (2017). Constructed Action, the Clause and the Nature of Syntax in Finnish Sign Language. Open Linguistics, 3(1), 65-85. https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2017-0004
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This paper investigates the interplay of constructed action and the clause in Finnish Sign Language (FinSL). Constructed action is a form of gestural enactment in which the signers use their hands, face and other parts of the body to represent the actions, thoughts or feelings of someone they are referring to in the discourse. With the help of frequencies calculated from corpus data, this article shows firstly that when FinSL signers are narrating a story, there are differences in how they use constructed action. Then the paper argues that there are differences also in the prototypical structure, linkage type and non-manual activity of clauses, depending on the presence or non-presence of constructed action. Finally, taking the view that gesturality is an integral part of language, the paper discusses the nature of syntax in sign languages and proposes a conceptualization in which syntax is seen as a set of norms distributed on a continuum between a categorial-conventional end and a gradient-unconventional end. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research costs of Academy Research Fellow, AoF; Research post as Academy Research Fellow, AoF
Additional information about fundingThe study has been supported financially by Academ of Finland under grants 269089 and 273408.
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