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Nonmanual downtoning in German co-speech gesture and in German Sign Language

Steven Schoonjans

Abstract

Downtoning meanings in German are not only expressed by means of verbal elements such as modal particles, but also at the gestural level. This paper presents the results of a first study showing that these downtoning gestures in German show interesting correspondences with the downtoning patterns in German Sign Language, both from a formal perspective (which forms are used with which functions) and at the topological level (at which point in the sentence the markers are realized and which words/signs they accompany).

Published Online: 2018-1-19
Published in Print: 2017-12-20

© 2018 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

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