Right dislocated pronominals in Hong Kong Sign Language
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摘要In several sign languages, it is observed that sometimes a nominal expression appears twice within the same sentence, once in its regular syntactic position and once sentence-finally as a pronominal pointing sign. This paper investigates how these sentence-final pronouns are used in Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL), which is the natural sign language used by the Deaf community in Hong Kong. Previous studies of sentence-final pronouns in sign languages put forward three major accounts: these pronouns serve as focus/emphasis markers, agreement markers, and right dislocations. On the basis of elicited and spontaneous discourse data collected from deaf native signers, this paper argues that sentence-final pronouns in HKSL are right dislocated 'aboutness' topics. Given that pronouns in HKSL, as in other sign languages, are directed towards the locations associated with the intended referents, sentence-final pronouns can help secure the attention of the addressee towards the topics in discourse by upholding their visual prominence via spatial indexing. This strategy is most commonly used in conversational interactions. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
著者Sze FYB
期刊名稱Journal of Pragmatics
出版年份2012
月份11
日期1
卷號44
期次14
出版社Elsevier
頁次1949 - 1965
國際標準期刊號0378-2166
語言英式英語
關鍵詞'Aboutness' topics; Hong Kong Sign Language; Right dislocations; Sentence-final pronouns
Web of Science 學科類別Language & Linguistics; Linguistics; LINGUISTICS

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