Non-manual Component of the Russian Sign Language


This article analyzes the features of the non-manual component in the Russian sign language. Based on the video descriptions from the Russian sign language corpus, quantitative and qualitative characteristics of such non-manual markers as eyebrow movements, articulation (labial gestures and mouthing), head movements and gaze direction are specified. As a result, conclusions are made about the role of the non-manual component in the system of natural gestural speech.

Keywords: non-manual markers of the sign language, Russian sign language, multimodality

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