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Sandwich Construction and Narrative Coherence in ASL Storytelling

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dc.contributor.advisor Fernald, Theodore B.
dc.contributor.author Smith, Rhiannon
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-19T18:33:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-19T18:33:18Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/19115
dc.description.abstract In general. while sign language storytelling and spoken language storytelling share many larger-scope narrative strategies such as parallelism, repetition, and meta-narrational devices, the visual-spatial modality of sign languages offers a very different manner of conveying action and developing narratives on a smaller scale than does the aural-oral modality (Cook 2011). Part of this difference stems from the presence of visually illustrative structures in sign languages, including embodied role-shilling and classifier constructions. This work will examine how a particular syntactic structure involving these illustrative components, here called "sandwiching," is used as a narrative strategy in American Sign Language (ASL). The structure consists of a combination of signing methods arranged in an ABA sequence. where A and B are each instances of embodiment. frozen signs, or classifier constructions. It will be argued that in ASL, storytelling. these ABA structures arc employed largely to develop and maintain narrative coherence, defined as the achievement of consistency and continuity of various kinds of narrative information, including spatial and temporal structure (Pemiss 2007). en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title Sandwich Construction and Narrative Coherence in ASL Storytelling en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.)


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