CREU 2013 – Fall 2013 – Week Two

September 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve continued reading Segouat’s dissertation about coarticulation in French Sign Language.  After recording video data of a person signing train announcements and sections of those announcements, and comparing the in context and isolated utterances of variations he analyzes the results by their component (gaze direction, dominant hand shape, non-dominant handshape), part of speech, and timing.  In the section on gaze direction he identifies multiple variations between the in context and isolated gaze directions, however in his analysis he decides that many of the variations are not due to the phonetic environment but due to the semantic context (for instance adding emphasis to parts of the utterance) and thus not coarticulatory.  The one variation that he observes and decides is due to coarticulation is an elimination of a second gaze to a certain point shortly after the initial.  Segouat hypothesizes that this is due to a minimum time between two gazes to the same point.

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