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Extraordinary from the Ordinary
Personal Experience Narratives in American Sign Language

Kristin Jean Mulrooney

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The 15th Volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series

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Mulrooney (linguistics, Gallaudet U., Washington, DC) reports findings of a recent study examining how ASL users package experiences and convey them to others in the form of personal narrative. Analyzing 12 personal narratives by ASL signers, the finds that their accounts possess the same characteristics and perform the same function as oral personal narratives. She identifies two types of narration, textual (T) narration in which the narrator uses lexical signs to grammatically encode information and focus attention on the story, and perceived (P) narration which focuses on the narrator’s experience of the past events. She also finds that narratives are structured into sections—an introduction, a “main events” section identifying and describing past occurrences, and a conclusion—and may also include a background information component, expansion or clarifying section, and a section explaining the narrator’s feelings about the experience. Illustrated throughout with [black and white] photographs.

Kristin Jean Mulrooney is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and director of the Center for Bilingual Teachingand Learning at Gallaudet University.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-416-6, ISSN 1080-5494, 6 x 9 casebound, 184 pages, tables, figures, photographs, references, index

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