Article published in:Sign Language Acquisition
Edited by Anne E. Baker and Bencie Woll
[Benjamins Current Topics 14] 2008
► pp. 87–105
Some observations on the use of HamNoSys in the context of the phonetic transcription of children's signing
This paper discusses the use of the HamNoSys notation (Hamburg Notation System for Sign Languages) for the transcription of children’s signing. The notation system will be briefly described and some former descriptions of the acquisition of sign language phonology presented. The project in which HamNoSys was used is then described briefly, followed by a description of the problems encountered while using the notation. Some proposals as to how to further develop the notation will be made. In conclusion the instrument can be said to be useful and, especially if revised, will be invaluable in further research.
Keywords: acquisition of handshapes, HamNoSys, phonetic features of handshapes, phonetic transcription, sign language, sign phonology
Published online: 14 January 2009