The Phonetics of Fingerspelling

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We now know that natural signed languages such as American Sign Language, French Sign Language, British Sign Language and others are fully independent languages. But natural signed languages are only one way of conveying language in the visual/gestural modality. Signed languages also have mechanisms for representing the material of oral languages. Fingerspelling is one example of such a representational system. This book examines fingerspelling from a phonetic perspective. Several studies of the kinematics of fingerspelling articulators are reported. From these detailed analyses of articulator timings and velocities, conclusions are drawn which suggest that, like speech, fingerspelling may be explained in terms of coordinative structures and task dynamics. The thrust of the book is to explore the notion that signed and spoken languages can be compared not only as abstract linguistic systems but also at the physical level as dynamically structured articulations. An implication of these studies is that a common basis in gesture can be found for the production, perception, and neural organization of signed and spoken languages.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Linguistic Approach to Fingerspelling
1
The Structure of Signed Languages
1
Fingerspelling
9
Lexical Borrowing
13
Research on Fingerspelling
14
Fingerspelling as a Research Tool
15
Models of Fingerspelling
16
The Production and Perception of Fingerspelling
19
Learning to Fingerspell
21
Fingerspelling Fluency
23
Coarticulation in Fingerspelling
24
Kinematics, Dynamics, and Articulatory Movements
25
Organization of the Studies
27
Chapter 2: Learning to Fingerspell
29
Adult Acquisition of Fingerspelling
29
Method
31
Results
31
Chapter 3: The Measurement of Fingerspelling Movement
37
Background
37
Methods and Procedures for Motion Analysis Studies
48
Chapter 4: Targets and Transitions
55
Models Revisited
55
The Salience of Targets and Transitions
59
Dynamic Modeling of Phonetic Structure
62
Chapter 5: Towards a Dynamics of Fingerspelling
65
From Kinematics to Dynamics
65
Fingerspelling Speed
65
Cooperativity in Fingerspelling Production
69
Discussion
74
Chapter 6: Future Directions in Signed Language Research
79
The Linguistic Study of Fingerspelling
79
Limitations and Suggestions for Further Study
81
Sign Science and Speech Science: The Search for Unity
85
Notes
93
References
97
Index
107
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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