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Academic Paper


Title: From Phoneme to Articulation via the Semiotic Sign
Author: Kathryn L. Hansen
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Institution: State University of New York at Oswego
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Deaf Sign Language; Sign Language
Abstract: A semiotic approach is applied to a developing model that unites the two phonologies of signed and spoken languages. This model considers phonemes to be abstract, not relating to articulatory factors. After showing how a signed language and a spoken language may conceptually share the same phonemes, an elementary analysis of the semiotic processes within the model shows one semiotic sign leading to the next, resulting in refinement of the model. This refinement shows not two (phonemic and phonetic) but three distinct components: phonemic features, phonetic features, and articulatory specifications (leading, in turn, to the actual physical production). This division between "phonetic" and "articulatory" was unplanned yet resulted from the application of a semiotic analysis.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Thirty-first Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, September 2006. Purdue University; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Publication Info: Semiotics 2006: Proceedings of the Thirty-first Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America. Purdue University.
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