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Showing the story: Enactment as performance in Auslan narratives

Hodge, GCE; Ferrara, L; (2014) Showing the story: Enactment as performance in Auslan narratives. In: Gawne, L and Vaughn, J, (eds.) Selected Papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013. (pp. pp. 372-397). University of Melbourne: Melbourne, Australia. Green open access

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Abstract

Language use may be understood as creative and partly improvised performance. For example, during face-to-face interaction, both signers and speakers coordinate manual and non-manual semiotic resources to enact characters, events and points of view. Here we present an early exploration of how enactments—constructed actions and dialogue that are effectively tokens of improvised performance—are patterned throughout Auslan (Australian sign language) narratives. We compare retellings of Frog, Where Are You? and The Boy Who Cried Wolf that were elicited from native and near-native Auslan signers and archived in the Auslan Corpus. We find commonalities and differences between the two narratives and between individuals that contribute insights into the role of enactment for both signers and speakers. This study aligns with views of face-to-face interaction as a multimodal, highly complex semiotic practice of partly improvised performance.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Showing the story: Enactment as performance in Auslan narratives
Event: 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 1 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia
Location: University of Melbourne
ISBN-13: 9780994150707
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/40973
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Auslan, sign language, enactment, constructed action, performance, corpus
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1556178
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