Aspects of the Grammar and Prosody of Finnish Sign Language (ProGram)

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Funder's project number: 269089

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  • 425 005,00

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Project start date: 01/09/2013

Project end date: 31/08/2018


To date, only three scientific publications have discussed the syntax of Finnish Sign Language (FinSL), and the lack of syntactic knowledge has a negative effect on areas such as FinSL teaching. To produce basic information on FinSL syntax, this Academy research fellow’s project, Aspects of the Grammar and Prosody of FinSL, focuses on the following syntactic phenomena: sign order, core argument marking, the structure of complex sentences, co-coordination, blends, the prosodic contour and rhythm of sentences, and the prosodic cohesion of discourse. The investigation of the phenomena is based on the widest collection of monologue and dialogue data on FinSL to date and exploits methodologically computer-vision-based video analysis and motion capture technology. The research lays a foundation for the future compilation of FinSL grammar and corpus, and involves multidimensional cooperation with several parties, both nationally and internationally.

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