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Title Quotation in Russian Sign Language: a corpus study
Authors Vadim Kimmelman and Evegniia Khristoforova
Abstract We studied how quotation is expressed in naturalistic discourse in Russian Sign Language (RSL). We studied a sub-corpus of the online corpus of RSL containing narratives by eleven signers from Moscow. We identified 341 instances of quotation, including reported speech and reported thoughts. We annotated syntactic, semantic, and prosodic properties of the found instances of quotation. We found out that quotative constructions in RSL have the same basic structure as similar constructions in other spoken and signed languages. Furthermore, similarly to quotation in other sign languages, quotation in RSL can be marked by head and/or body movement and change in eye gaze direction. However, all of these markers are clearly optional, and a considerable number of examples do not include any of these markers. Furthermore, we found that, judging by the behavior of indexicals, RSL narratives in our dataset have a very strong preference for using direct speech. We discuss theoretical implications of the RSL data to the theory of quotation in sign languages.
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Bibtex @InProceedings{KIMMELMAN18.18010,
  author = {Vadim Kimmelman and Evegniia Khristoforova},
  title = {Quotation in Russian Sign Language: a corpus study},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {may},
  date = {7-12},
  location = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Mayumi Bono and Eleni Efthimiou and Stavroula-Evita Fotinea and Thomas Hanke and Julie Hochgesang and Jette Kristoffersen and Johanna Mesch and Yutaka Osugi},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-01-6},
  language = {english}
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