Title

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS’ USE OF HAPTIC SIGNS IN INTERPRETED MEETINGS WITH DEAFBLIND PERSONS

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

This study investigated interpreters’ use of haptic signs through analysis of video recordings of a meeting involving five deafblind board members of a Norwegian association for the deafblind and seven interpreters. The article describes the spatial organization of the meeting and focuses on how the interpreters used haptic signs to convey information about the environment as well as other participants’ nonverbal expressions, including turn-taking behaviors, minimal-response signals, and emotional expressions. Haptic signs provide information that the deafblind can use to frame their interactions as well as to regulate their own self-presentation. JOURNAL OF PRAGMATICS, Vol. 107, pp. 91-104.

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