A Prosodic Model of Sign Language Phonology by Diane Brentari

By Diane Brentari

This e-book is meant partly to supply linguists and cognitive scientists who don't know signal language with some degree of access into the learn of signal language phonology. whilst, it offers a complete thought of American signal Language (ASL) phonology, whereas reviewing and development on substitute theories. One declare of this theoretical framework is that, as a result of signal language's visual/gestural phonetic foundation, the consonant-like devices and vowel-like devices are expressed at the same time with each other, instead of sequentially as in spoken languages. A moment declare is that routine function because the most simple prosodic devices of the language. the writer is anxious to teach either the similarities and adjustments among signed and spoken languages, and to point a few instructions for destiny paintings in cognitive technological know-how that may be derived from her phonological version.

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Regarding the < previous page page_25 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 argument that the inherent and prosodic features constitute mutually exclusive sets, with the exception of [ipsilateral] and [contralateral] no feature of the model appears in both the inherent and the prosodic branches of structure. The structure that I will propose is shown in (13). (13) Overall structure of inherent and prosodic features in ASL a. Feature organization b.

Prava:/ vs. /pra:va/). In both examples it is pair/ clear that these features differ from features, such as [voice] and [nasal], that can be identified within a single segment by their articulatory or acoustic correlates. [Syllabic] and [length] must be placed in a context where their properties can be measured with respect to other segments in the local domain. In current theories the properties of length and syllabicity are aspects of segmental or syllabic structure rather than features; but my point here focuses on how these two types of contrast differ from one another.

The place of articulation is the chin, and if the handparts are specified with respect to it, only one feature is needed to capture the contrastive orientation of the hand: radial for OLD, back of palm for LOVE-SOMETHING, and back of fingers for CHERISH. 26) are the same eight places on the hand < previous page page_45 If you like this book, buy it! 26 Schema of places on H2 that are needed to express the places of contact on H2 in type 3 two-handed signs. 4 Support for a Unified Group of Movement Features: Movement Sequences in Disyllabic Signs The fourth argument in (12) in favor of analyzing movements as prosodies is that disyllabic signs contain the same limited set of movement sequences, regardless of whether they are path, handshape change, orientation change, or location change movements.

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