Speech Prosody 2010
Chicago, IL, USA
This study examines prosody in American Sign Language using the theoretical framework of articulatory phonology, which proposes that the basic units of speech are articulatory gestures. We hypothesize that articulatory gestures are also the structural primitives of sign, and we are investigating what the gestures are and how they are timed. Kinematic data are collected as ASL users produce target signs with movements toward or away from the body, in phrase-initial, medial, or final position. Preliminary data suggest that signs are lengthened at phrase boundaries in a manner consistent with the predictions of a task-dynamic model of prosodically induced slowing.
Index Terms: ASL, signed language, task dynamics, articulatory phonology
Bibliographic reference. Tyrone, Martha E. / Nam, Hosung / Saltzman, Elliot / Mathur, Gaurav / Goldstein, Louis (2010): "Prosody and movement in American sign language: a task-dynamics approach", In SP-2010, paper 957.