CREU 2013 – Fall – Week 3

October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

The latest in Segouat has been on the effects of coarticulation in the dominant and non-dominant hand.  Like with the section on eye gaze in Segouat’s analysis many of the variations are due to semantic effects, for instance, use of different signs or a rephrasing of the statement that eliminates signs.  He does decide that some of the modifications, insertions and deletions he observes are due to coarticulation.  He categorizes the modifications in handshape as more tense or more relaxed, and from his analysis decides that the increased tension in some handshapes is due to the semantic context, they are part of numbers, train stations or signs conveying important information, while the less critical signs have a more relaxed handshape in context.  While these changes are not judged to be coarticulatory, Segouat observes that there is a preservation effect, if the preceding sign is more tensed or relaxed the succeeding will have a slight tension or relaxation.  Segouat also observes an assimilation between signs with repeated handshapes and the following sign.  Many of the variations in non-dominant handshape are also judged be not coarticulatory.  Segouat does observe that the tension or relaxation of the dominant hand is echoed in the non-dominant hand.

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