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Transcript of ASL Transitions
To transition between events, the most common strategies used are: pauses, time signs, and topicalization.
Stories are usually signed in chronological order and are linked together with common transitions.
Transitions take place of punctuation and pauses
that we use in written English.
Reason behind using transitions
In ASL, we use pauses, facial expressions or
time markers to distinguish between chunks
Comparison between transitions in English and ASL
Elementary School, HS, College, Morning, Night
Flat palm facing down, move upwards from feet to head
dominant handshape is an E while the non dominant hand is hovering above it while the dominant E is moving in a circle
Non-dominant hand lined parallel to
floor. Dominant hand makes a large c-shape
non-dominant hand parallel to the floor and the dominant hand is in a l-shape hand facing you
Same as morning with hand not facing you
On Sunday I go to church.
On Monday I go to School.
place dominant hand over non-dominant hand and swipe your hand over non-dominant
cup your non-dominant hand, bring your dominant hand and move it past non-dominant, making a dominant hand look like a flower blooming
make a fist with both hands and move back and forth
X handshape is drawn across the forehead
raise your dominant hand and place your non-dominant by your elbow and release down
middle finger of your dominant hand to the open palm of your non-dominant hand. clap twice (sign school)
SUNDAY I GO CHURCH
(brow raise)MONDAY I GO SCHOOL
Time signs are used to show how much time has passed between events (i.e. five months later, two hours later).
Topicalization is used to introduce a new topic (i.e. in 2004, I graduated college) with the topic/comment facial expressions.
Topicalization has an essential role of organizing discourse into smaller units. It provides a way to categorize or show segmentation of idea units.
For example, in spoken languages, prosodic markers include intonation, rhythm, tempo, stress, lengthening, volume and pausing.
In signed languages, prosodic structures are expressed by changes in the following:
lengthening of signs
among other physical behaviors
ASL PROSODIC MARKERS
ASL Prosodic Markers
HEAD & NECK
Side to side
EYES, NOSE & MOUTH
Eye gaze shift