The alignment of head nods with syntactic units in Finnish Sign Language and Swedish Sign Language

Anna Puupponen, Tommi Jantunen, Johanna Mesch


In this paper, we examine the relationship between specific head movement events – head nods, often treated as prosodic boundary markers – and syntactic units in Finnish (FinSL) and Swedish Sign Language (SSL). In the study we investigated the alignment of head nods with syntactic units on the basis of a total of 20 (10+10) FinSL and SSL narratives. The results of the study show that in both languages head nods appeared similarly on syntactic boundaries and that the tendency was to align nods sentence-finally. However, not all head nods behaved this way: for example, a relatively large number of head nods were also found to occur sentence-initially or elsewhere in the sentence. Furthermore, head nods occurring on syntactic boundaries also had non-boundary marking functions, and not all syntactic boundaries occurred with head nods.


DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-35

Cite as

Puupponen, A., Jantunen, T., Mesch, J. (2016) The alignment of head nods with syntactic units in Finnish Sign Language and Swedish Sign Language. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 168-172.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Puupponen+2016,
author={Anna Puupponen and Tommi Jantunen and Johanna Mesch},
title={The alignment of head nods with syntactic units in Finnish Sign Language and Swedish Sign Language},
year=2016,
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},
doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-35},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-35},
pages={168--172}
}