Conceptual blending in American Sign Language interpretations

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dc.contributor.advisor Seig, Mary T. Armstrong, Julie A. 2011-07-05T12:53:40Z 2011-07-06T05:30:06Z 2011-05-07 2011-05-07
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dc.description.abstract This study investigated the conceptual blending processes that occurred during American Sign Language (ASL) interpretations. Using the framework of conceptual blending (Fauconnier &Turner, 1996), this study analyzed six ASL interpretations and found two new mental spaces, Narrator Space and Interpreter Space, which are activated during interpretations. Conceptual blending has been used analyzing ASL (Liddell, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003; Dudis, 2004a, 2004b, 2007) but had not been applied to ASL interpretations until this study. The conceptual blending process of ASL has found several mental spaces that are activated in blends. Real Space (Liddell, 1995) and Event Space (Dudis, 2007) are two mental spaces that blend in ASL; these two spaces were also found in the data of this study. The data also revealed that all six interpreters created Event Space much like Deaf signers.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.subject.lcsh Concepts.
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive grammar.
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Translating into American Sign Language.
dc.subject.lcsh Interpreters for the deaf.
dc.title Conceptual blending in American Sign Language interpretations en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US 2011-07-06

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