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dc.contributor.authorKyuseva, Maria
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-15T00:16:20Z
dc.date.available2020-07-15T00:16:20Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/241476
dc.descriptionCompleted under a Cotutelle arrangement between the University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham
dc.description© 2020 Maria Kyuseva
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation presents an in-depth analysis of size and shape specifiers in Russian Sign Language (RSL). Size and shape specifiers, or SASSes, are signs widely used in sign languages of the world to describe visual characteristics of objects. Highly iconic, they have been noted to possess a range of peculiar features, such as combining categorical and gradual properties, composing the meaning of the whole out of the meanings of parts, and denoting different characteristics of the object simultaneously (location, orientation, length, width, overall shape, and some others). Despite their extensive use, SASSes received surprisingly little attention in the literature. This dissertation fills this gap in the existing body of knowledge by conducting a thorough analysis of SASSes in RSL. It (1) defines the properties of SASSes that set them aside as a separate group of signs; (2) determines the status of SASSes in the sign language lexicon; (3) compares the way SASSes describe objects with the way(s) spoken languages do. The method of the study entails collecting a corpus of video-recordings with semi-spontaneous signing, which is followed by a detailed phonetic transcription of SASSes occurring in the corpus (overall, 625 tokens) in ELAN. A subsequent feature by feature analysis of structural elements in these signs (namely, handshape, place of articulation, movement, and mouth actions), allows us to establish SASSes as a distinct group with its unique set of properties. This is pioneering research that sets the grounds for the future typological analysis of these signs cross different sign languages.
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dc.subjectRussian Sign Language
dc.subjectsign language morphology
dc.subjectsign language lexicon
dc.subjectsize and shape specifiers
dc.subjectcross-modal typology
dc.subjectcorpus study
dc.titleSize and shape specifiers in Russian Sign Language: a morphological analysis
dc.typePhD thesis
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Languages and Linguistics
melbourne.affiliation.facultyArts
melbourne.thesis.supervisornameBarbara Kelly
melbourne.contributor.authorKyuseva, Maria
melbourne.thesis.supervisorothernameJennifer Green
melbourne.tes.fieldofresearch1470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax)
melbourne.tes.fieldofresearch2470405 Discourse and pragmatics
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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