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Rethinking constructed action

Cormier, KA; Smith, S; Sevcikova, Z; (2015) Rethinking constructed action. Sign Language & Linguistics , 18 (2) pp. 167-204. 10.1075/sll.18.2.01cor. Green open access

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Abstract

We aim to demonstrate the importance of defining linguistic phenomena by using constructed action or CA (i.e. a stretch of discourse that represents one role or combination of roles depicting actions, utterances, thought, attitudes and/or feelings of one or more referents) as an example. The problem is that different assumptions about CA have led to some apparent contradictions about the nature of this phenomenon. Based on observations and analyses of the British Sign Language narrative data, we outline criteria and recommendations for defining and analysing CA. We show that, in carefully defining the phenomenon in question and providing criteria for its identification, applying these criteria to usage data leads to emergence of particular types of Constructed Action. We also show how identifying these types can help resolve some of the apparent contradictions in the literature.

Type: Article
Title: Rethinking constructed action
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1075/sll.18.2.01cor
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/sll.18.2.01cor
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: constructed action, role, role shift, referential shift, quotation, eyegaze, nonmanual signals
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1447790
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