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Editorial Advisory Board

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p. vii

Contributors

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p. viii

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Editor’s Introduction

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pp. ix-x

Storytelling and Conversation focuses on discourse analysis. Discourse analysis looks at language in use, analyzing patterns beyond the level of the sentence, seeking to understand how language users build cooperative understanding through interaction. ...

PART ONE: INTERNAL CONTEXT

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Talking about Space with Space: Describing Environments in ASL

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pp. 3-26

Spatial discourse—talking about space—usually involves adopting a particular perspective on the scene or environment being described. For example, an addressee may be taken on a mental tour of an environment, as in this example from Linde and Labov's study of New Yorker's descriptions of their apartments...

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Event Packaging in British Sign Language Discourse

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pp. 27-58

Sign languages are articulated in the space on and around the bodies of signers. The construction of extended discourse by native British Sign Language (BSL) signers calls on a rich reference system that exploits linguistic, as well as topographic, representational spaces. ...

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Storytelling in the Visual Mode: A Comparison of ASL and English

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pp. 59-82

This paper is an investigation into the tools of language and how these tools influence the structure of the symbol system. Past studies of American Sign Language (ASL) storytelling have focused on how features of storytelling—such as pauses, eye gaze, and other nonmanual behaviors...

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Affect, Emphasis, and Comment in Text Telephone Conversations

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pp. 83-106

This paper reports on an application of the principles of conversation analysis (CA) to a deaf person's text telephone conversation with both deaf and hearing coparticipants. It is assumed that such conversations are examples of natural everyday talk.1 ...

PART TWO: EXTERNAL CONTEXT

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Sign Languages as a Natural Part of the Linguistic Mosaic: The Impact of Deaf People on Discourse Forms in North Bali, Indonesia

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pp. 109-148

This paper examines the use of signed discourses in the villages and towns of north Bali in Indonesia. Over the last few years we have been studying the social, cultural, and linguistic practices of a community of deaf people living in a village in North Bali (see Branson, Miller, and Marsaja 1996). ...

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Italian Sign Language and Spoken Italian in Contact: An Analysis of Interactions between Deaf Parents and Hearing Children

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pp. 149-161

In Italy, there has been no research yet into the linguistic outcome of interactions between deaf parents and their hearing children. Whereas some deaf parents expose their children to sign language, others tend to mix signs and Italian words or simply to voice their sign language. ...

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GET-TO-THE-POINT: Academic Bilingualism and Discourse in American Sign Language and Written English

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pp. 162-189

In recent years, a number of educational programs for Deaf students in the United States have begun to adopt a bilingual philosophy in order to encourage the formal development of language skills in both American Sign Language (ASL) and some form of English (see Strong 1995). ...

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Footing Shifts in an Interpreted Mock Interview

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pp. 190-217

Interpreting has long been viewed as if an interpreter is merely a tool to interaction. For example, the traditional view assumes that doctor-patient discourse facilitated by an interpreter is a dyad rather than a triad. In conjunction with this view, the field of interpreting has perpetuated...

Index

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pp. 219-227