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ERIC Number: EJ960090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
Toward a Phonetic Representation of Hand Configuration: The Fingers
Johnson, Robert E.; Liddell, Scott K.
Sign Language Studies, v12 n1 p5-45 Fall 2011
In this article we describe a componential, articulatory approach to the phonetic description of the configuration of the four fingers. Abandoning the traditional holistic, perceptual approach, we propose a system of notational devices and distinctive features for the description of the four fingers proper (index, middle, ring, and pinky). Specifically, we suggest that the configuration of the fingers is best understood as a componential combination of the positions of each of the three joints of each finger. (Contains 6 tables, 19 figures and 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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