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Spijker, Laura; Oomen, Marloes – Sign Language Studies, 2023
We present one of the first detailed studies on hesitation marking in a sign language. Based on the analysis of a set of monologues and dialogues from the "Corpus NGT" (Crasborn and Zwitserlood 2008; Crasborn, Zwitserlood, and Ros 2008), we describe the form and position of manual and nonmanual markers of hesitation in Sign Language of…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Cues, Computational Linguistics, Eye Movements
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Cohen-Koka, Shirit; Nir, Bracha; Meir, Irit – Sign Language Studies, 2023
This article discusses the function of a particular feature of sign language--mouth action--as it is expressed in various discourse contexts. Specifically, we examine forms of mouthing and mouth gesture as they are used in signed narrative and expository texts, highlighting the signers' choices during the production of these two text types. We…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Human Body, Computational Linguistics, Foreign Countries
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Krentz, Christopher – Sign Language Studies, 2023
The last sixty years have been a time of tumultuous change in the American deaf community. Two deaf figures who made a great difference during this period were Frank Bowe and Jack Gannon, who passed away in 2007 and 2022, respectively. Bowe was a prominent disability rights leader, helping to secure more rights for deaf and all disabled Americans,…
Descriptors: Deafness, United States History, Civil Rights, Sign Language
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Guynes, Kristen; Gordon, Emily; Vallone, Christina – Sign Language Studies, 2023
Despite the upward trajectory of formal American Sign Language (ASL) instruction, evidence-based practices remain in a rudimentary stage of development. Previously, no known studies had distinctly investigated supplemental ASL laboratories (ASL labs), despite over half of ASL instructors utilizing them alongside their classes. This qualitative…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Evidence Based Practice, Laboratories, College Students
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Stoianov, Diane; Silva, Anderson Almeida; Nevins, Andrew – Sign Language Studies, 2023
Situations of language contact are often the norm for sign languages. This article investigates a case of unimodal contact between Cena, a young sign language in its third generation that is used in a small rural community in Brazil, and Libras, the national sign language of Brazil. Our analysis concerns one by-product of this contact: reiterative…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Sign Language, Language Usage, Syntax
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Haug, Tobias; Mann, Wolfgang; Holzknecht, Franz – Sign Language Studies, 2023
This study is a follow-up to previous research conducted in 2012 on computer-assisted language testing (CALT) that applied a survey approach to investigate the use of technology in sign language testing worldwide. The goal of the current study was to replicate the 2012 study and to obtain updated information on the use of technology in sign…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Sign Language, Natural Language Processing, Language Tests
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Sutton-Spence, Rachel; Pedroni, Victoria Hidalgo – Sign Language Studies, 2023
This article describes the newly developing form of poetic duets in Libras (Brazilian Sign Language). What do the two people performing a sign language duet poem do to make a duet different from a solo poem? How can we categorize their actions and the effects that these actions create? Drawing on examples of duet poems in Libras, we analyze…
Descriptors: Poetry, Sign Language, Interpersonal Communication, Foreign Countries
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Conama, John Bosco – Sign Language Studies, 2023
This article is a critical review of a book by Sir William Wilde (better known as the father of Oscar Wilde) entitled "On the Physical, Moral, and Social Condition of the Deaf and Dumb" (1854). This book, which is based on the demographic and medical information that he collected from "deaf and dumb" people in the early 1850s,…
Descriptors: Deafness, History, Sign Language, Social Attitudes
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Noschese, Emily Jo – Sign Language Studies, 2023
This article discusses the positioning of "wh" words in Modern Laos Sign Language. Research indicates that there are two common patterns for the position of "wh" words in spoken languages: the initial position and in situ (Dryer 2013). However, in some sign languages, it seems that "wh" word positioning is…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Grammar, Foreign Countries, Speech Communication
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Lepic, Ryan – Sign Language Studies, 2023
In many descriptions of American Sign Language (ASL), signs like [breakfast] are identified as "compounds." These signs were once formed with two separate signs but have since fused into a single unit. This article presents an alternative definition of "compound" that includes both functional and formal properties. Following…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Naming, Vocabulary, Form Classes (Languages)
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Van Der Mark, Lisa – Sign Language Studies, 2023
The focus of this article is on deafblind people who are or have been involved with deaf signing communities and, when vision changes, transition to tactile reception of sign language. This brings about a disconnection with the signing community, exploration of (other) possibilities, and seeking or creating deaf blind spaces. In the United States,…
Descriptors: Deaf Blind, Sign Language, Tactual Perception, Interpersonal Communication
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Thoutenhoofd, Ernst D.; Lyngbäck, Liz Adams – Sign Language Studies, 2023
In 1981, Sweden was the first country in the world to entitle deaf pupils to a bimodal-bilingual education. However, drawing from interviews with key past Stockholm teacher trainers and on our own efforts to update teacher training, we note that sign-bilingual teacher training in Sweden has been ad hoc to this day. The interviewees' accounts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingualism, Sign Language, Teacher Education Programs
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Obosu, Gideon Kwesi; Vanderpuye, Irene; Opoku-Asare, Nana Afia; Adigun, Timothy Olufemi – Sign Language Studies, 2023
The linguistic and cognitive importance of early language exposure for deaf children is well reported in the literature. However, most of such studies have been conducted in industrialized countries with less of such studies conducted in developing and nonindustrialized countries such as Ghana. Therefore, hinged on the social interactionist theory…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Language Acquisition, Disadvantaged
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Lucas, Ceil; Bayley, Robert; Hill, Joseph C.; McCaskill, Carolyn – Sign Language Studies, 2023
Recent research has shown that a distinct variety of American Sign Language, known as Black ASL, developed in the segregated schools for deaf African Americans in the US South during the pre-civil rights era. Research has also shown that in some respects Black ASL is closer than most white varieties to the standard taught in ASL classes and found…
Descriptors: Deafness, American Sign Language, Sign Language, African Americans
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Cornelia Loos; Donna Jo Napoli – Sign Language Studies, 2023
Visual manifestations of an object that moves from one place to another are common in sign languages. Here, we offer an overview of techniques for conveying motion of an entity based on an examination of storytelling and poetry in seven sign languages. The signer can use embodiment and/or classifiers to show translocating movement of an object, or…
Descriptors: Motion, Sign Language, Poetry, Story Telling
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