Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1387-9316
  • E-ISSN: 1569-996X
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This paper reports a study of the forms and functions of head movements produced in the dimension of depth in Finnish Sign Language (FinSL). Specifically, the paper describes and analyzes the phonetic forms and prosodic, grammatical, communicative, and textual functions of nods, head thrusts, nodding, and head pulls occurring in FinSL data consisting of a continuous dialogue recorded with motion capture technology. The analysis yields a novel classification of the kinematic characteristics and functional properties of the four types of head movement. However, it also reveals that there is no perfect correspondence between form and function in the head movements investigated.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Finnish Sign Language; head movements; Motion Capture; non-manuals; prosody
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