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From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New Research on Interpretation
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82 as most negative emotions are.


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83 Fear is the biggest inhibitor of us acting upon our dream and living our lives fully.

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Only one of our boundaries was unmarked in I-3. Between lines 50 and 51, we had identified a boundary before the example introduced in line 51 (see Figure 6.13). Although a major boundary between these two lines was not indicated in the target, a marker occurs immediately following the introduction of an example. Interpreter 3 signs wait-hold-on using her nondominant left hand, then she pauses using the handclasp strategy.

50 you have a head start on seeing the world in a positive way.


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46 For example,


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when you first wake up in the morning,

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This sign strategy is interesting to note because Interpreter 3 has shifted dominance, another prosodic marker in ASL (Winston, 2000). Interpreter 2 also used dominance shift as a discourse marker, emphasizing specific signs within a topic.


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