The perception of stroke-to-stroke turn boundaries in signed conversation

Marisa Casillas, Connie De Vos, Onno Crasborn, Stephen C. Levinson

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Speaker transitions in conversation are often brief, with minimal vocal overlap. Signed languages appear to defy this pattern with frequent, long spans of simultaneous signing. But recent evidence suggests that turn boundaries in signed language may only include the content-bearing parts of the turn (from the first stroke to the last), and not all turn-related movement (from first preparation to final retraction). We tested whether signers were able to anticipate to-stroke indeed, signers anticipated turn boundaries at the ends of turn-final strokes. Signers often responded early, especially when the turn was long or contained multiple possible end points. Early responses for long turns were especially apparent for interrogativestextemdashlong interrogative turns showed much greater anticipation compared to short ones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015)
EditorsD. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, P. R. Maglio
Place of PublicationPasadena, CA
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Eventcogsci 2015 - Pasadena, CA, United States
Duration: 23 Jul 201525 Jul 2015


Conferencecogsci 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPasadena, CA


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