Vertical Palm Away/Oscillate : A recurrent form associated with negation in spoken and signed language

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2019

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TitleGesture-Sign Workshop Prague 2019
LocationCharles University Prague
PlaceCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period16 - 17 May 2019

Abstract

The Vertical Palm Away/Oscillate form is a recurrent gesture (Ladewig, 2014) associated with the expression of negation in spoken languages, as shown for Italian (Kendon, 2004), French (Calbris, 2011), German (Streeck, 2009; Bressem & Müller, 2014), and English (Harrison, 2018). In light of these gesture studies, Johnston (2018) has suggested that “we can look back at signed language negation” (p.222). This poster presents a study of negation during a French Sign Language class, focusing on the Vertical Palm Away/Oscillate form in the communicative repertoire of the Deaf teacher. The 60-minute recording will be analysed with frameworks and methodologies from both gesture studies and signed language linguistics, yielding qualitative and quantitative results. By treating the Vertical Palm Away/Oscillate or ‘VPO/A’ form as a visible bodily action (Kendon, 2004), a qualitative analysis of the data has already identified pragmatic, interactive, and linguistic functions (Harrison, 2018). These functions are now proposed as categories for a quantitative analysis of the VPO/A’s frequency and distribution over the 1-hour classroom interaction. The results can be discussed in relation to (a) corpora of FSL (Blondel & Boutet, 2016), (b) acquisition studies of French Signed/Spoken negation (Blondel et al, 2017; Morgenstern et al, 2018), and (c) linguistic typological studies of signed language negation (e.g. Zeshan 2004; Johnston, 2018). This study might fit under what Müller (2018) has recently called a “synchronic comparison of spoken and signed languages” (p.2). It should therefore shed light on “the functional integration of gestures within a signed or spoken utterance” and illustrate the context of “contact situations between spoken and signed languages” (p.2).

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Vertical Palm Away/Oscillate : A recurrent form associated with negation in spoken and signed language. / Harrison, Simon.

2019. Poster session presented at Gesture-Sign Workshop Prague 2019, Prague, Czech Republic.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)Posterpeer-review