12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

A Preliminary Study on the Production of Signs in Brazilian Sign Language when One of the Manual Articulators is Unavailable

André N. Xavier, Plínio A. Barbosa

Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

This paper aims at discussing the realization of some Brazilian Sign Language signs, articulated with both hands, when one of them is unavailable. As will be discussed, this unavailability is caused by extra-linguistic factors, as well as by a linguistic one. The data considered here were collected through the observation of spontaneous signing and discussed with three subjects. Their analysis revealed that the production of two-handed signs when one of the hands is not available does not simply consist of realizing them with only one hand, but alternatively employing other strategies, such as using a one-handed sign equivalent in meaning.

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Bibliographic reference.  Xavier, André N. / Barbosa, Plínio A. (2011): "A preliminary study on the production of signs in brazilian sign language when one of the manual articulators is unavailable", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 645-648.