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From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New Research on Interpretation
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37 How we experience our lifes work,
38 and indeed our lives,
39 is to a great degree a function of what we tell ourselves.

photo 6.8. T-1: handclasp at predicted boundary

51 For example, when you first wake up in the morning,

photo 6.9a. give                                            photo 6.9b. example

photo 6.9c. Example of second handclasp at unpredicted but potential boundary

52 do you ask yourself questions like this?
53 What do I have to do today?

figure 6.5

Target Texts Produced by Interpreter 2: Interpretation 2 (I-2) and Transliteration 2 (T-2)

i n t e r p r e t a t i o n   2 (I-2)

Of the 20 major topic boundaries that we identified, Interpretation 2 (I-2) shows the handclasp strategy at 11 of them. In addition, at three other boundaries, the strategy that we have labeled “got it?” occurs (see the following discussion). At another three boundaries, a final longer hold occurs on the last sign. All 17 of these topic boundary markers are filled pauses. For the remaining three boundaries, we were unable to identify the handclasp as an indication of the topic boundary; however, note that this initial research did not address other possibilities such as sign choices or word order, which could, indeed, represent the boundary.

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