Title

Feeling Your Own (or someone else's) Face: Writing Signs From the Expressive Viewpoint

Abstract

SignWriting (SW), a featural writing system that iconically represents the moving body, was originally written from the receptive viewpoint but is now typically written from the embodied viewpoint of a signer. Through this shift, SW was re-envisioned from a writing system that focused on the receptive visual modality of sign languages (what others see), to one that visually highlights the phenomenological experience of signing (what a signer feels). This article analyzes ideological framings of SW literacy events in which users interpret or produce SW texts reflecting another signer's embodied perspective. In so doing, many SignWriters consider whether and how the qualia that characterize the phenomenological experience of signing can be intersubjectively shared among differently positioned interactants.

Publisher

Pergamon-Elsevier

Publication Date

7-1-2018

Publication Title

Language & Communication

Department

Anthropology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.langcom.2016.12.011

Keywords

Writing, Embodiment, Viewpoint, Qualia, Sign language, Ideology, Mental rotation

Language

English

Format

text

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