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STUDENT INVOLVE WITH SIGN. SIGN-SONG, SIGN-CHOIR, VARIOUS. "The student was involved with sign language. He would sign songs, sign choir songs, and sign various things."
Thus, the occurrences of VARIOUS were also considered verbal units. The only occurrence of PE with a lexeme other than a verb was during the sign DOLL. The sentence in which this occurred was:
DON'T-WANT GIVE MY KIDS THAT KIND DOLL
Clearly DOLL acts as a noun in this context. Because there was only one occurrence of this sign in the data, I cannot determine whether Helen always signs DOLL with pinky extension. I suspect that PE for DOLL has become lexicalized for this signer so that it is always signed with PE. ff so, it would be similar to YESTERDAY and KID, where PE has become lexicalized. These cases are not really instances of the PE variation process observed in the data whereby there is variation in PE if the requisite constraints are satisfied.
LEVEL OF INTIMACY
The level of intimacy also seemed to play a role in the occurrence of PE. When Helen signed with her longtime friend, PE began occurring in Helen's first extended turn. When Helen signed with the graduate student with whom she was only superficially acquainted, the first occurrence of PE was not until 2.o minutes after the beginning of the conversation. The overall frequency of PE with the friend was higher than with the ac- quaintance (i.e., 2.9 tokens in 29 bar-code increments as opposed to 26 tokens in 37 bar-code increments). The lexemes with which PE occurred were also more diverse with the friend than with the acquaintance.