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Analysis on orientations of Korean sign language

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2015, 16(2), pp.391-408
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Sangbae CHOI 1 이한나 1

1공주대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research was conducted to analyze types, appearance frequencies and phonological characteristics of orientations in KSL(Korean Sign Language). The results are following. First, in types of KSL orientation, palm base orientations were 18 of dominant hand and 16 of nondominant hand and finger base orientations were 15 of dominant hand and 14 of nondominant hand. And the types of dominant hand and nondominant hand and the types of palm base orientation and finger base orientation were different each other. Second, palm base orientations with high appearance frequency were back, down, left, up, right and front orientation orderly and finger base orientations with high appearance frequency were front, up, right, left and left-up orientation in order. Words expressed by diagonal direction and folded wrist showed low appearance frequency. Third, there were minimal pairs and free variants in the orientation of KSL.

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