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.
|Title of host publication||Selected papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013|
|Editors||Lauren Gawne, Jill Vaughan|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Publisher||University of Melbourne|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (44th : 2013) - Melbourne|
Duration: 1 Oct 2013 → 4 Oct 2013
|Conference||Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (44th : 2013)|
|Period||1/10/13 → 4/10/13|
- Sign language
- Constructed action
Hodge, G., & Ferrara, L. (2014). Showing the story: enactment as performance in Auslan narratives. In L. Gawne, & J. Vaughan (Eds.), Selected papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013 (pp. 372-397). Melbourne: University of Melbourne.