Tid: onsdag 24 april 2013 15:00 - 17:00
Plats: C397, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium äger rum direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


This presentation reports on a corpus-based study investigating depicting signs in Auslan, the signed language used in Australia. Depicting signs are a type of partly lexical sign that integrate linguistic and gestural elements. In this study I examined the frequency, distribution, and function of Auslan depicting signs from the perspective of cognitive linguistics.

Findings offer a partial description of depicting signs in Auslan, including their grammatical function, their participation in predicate-argument relations, and their patterning with other types of signs. Based on these findings, it is argued that signers use depicting signs effectively with other signs to create combinations of telling meaning and showing meaning. In order to accommodate these two strategies of meaning co-construction in discourse analysis and linguistic description, a more explicit model of language is proposed. This model accommodates the already recognized role that conventionalization plays in the grammar of a language, and it supports the inclusion of varied semiotic behaviours in holistic descriptions of language use.


Johanna Mesch