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Mouth actions as gesture in sign language

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Abstract:

The present study investigates the nature of mouth actions in Italian Sign Language (LIS) and shows how the manual and the oral modality can be integrated when the visual-gestural channel is chosen for communication. Finally, the role played by mouth actions in sign language will be investigated and paralleled to co-speech gestures by re-working Kendon's continuum in order to show how orality could become gestural when co-occurring with signing.

Keywords: GESTURES IN SIGN LANGUAGE; MOUTHPATTERNS; NON MANUAL FEATURES; SIGN LANGUAGE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/gest.8.1.08fon

Publication date: April 1, 2008

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