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From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New Research on Interpretation
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12 and finally, Peace, Love and Feeling, by Dr. Bernie S. Seagal.

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13 Id like to begin by telling you a story.

figure 6.10

At four of the other boundaries we identified, some other form of marking strategy (usually a filled pause) occurred. But at one boundary, only a shift in space marked the boundary; this marker is a prosodic pause. Between lines 45 and 46 (see Figure 6.11), the presenter finishes defining self-talk and begins to describe how to change ones perspective. At the end of line 45, the signing is directed to the front and center; at the beginning of line 46, the direction is shifted toward the right where the discussion of the negative self-talk is presented. Although this change of direction is not a clear shift, it becomes more salient by line 47 when the signing direction shifts to the left to present the discussion about shifting to positive self-talk. This use of space occurs in a few more places in the interpretation. It will be an interesting avenue of future research.

45 that what you tell yourself is very likely to become your reality.

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46 Well, if this is true,

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47 how do we turn our negative self-chatter into powerful I can messages?

figure 6.11

The third of our identified boundaries is marked by a multiple head nod that draws attention to the idea just stated in line 82 (see Figure 6.12). Depending on whether one identifies the multiple head nod as a meaningful sign or a prosodic feature, this marker would be either a filled pause or a prosodic pause. We have categorized it as a filled pause. And at the fourth boundary, a filled pause occurs with the holding of the final sign and a look at the audience. This pause is very similar to some of the filled pauses used in I-1 and I-2.

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