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Week 6 wrap-up

This week has been intense and full of contents, and we focused on complex aspects of Catalan Sign Language: plural formation and agreement, sign space and narration. Due to the length of this course we have not been able to delve deeper into each of these contents, but it is important to note that each of these contents are the topic of study not only from the practice of LSC aquisition, but also from LSC research.

We are very pleased to see the progress that you have made during the course. This is the last weekly wrap-up of the course, but you know you will have all the materials of the course available in the future. FutureLearn gives you access to the material indefinitely and this gives you the opportunity to finish the course if you have not already done so and keep the materials for future consultations.

Before concluding, we present below a couple of issues that have appeared during the week and that may be of your interest.

Who signs the action and where it is signed. Step 6.9 asks you to explain how spatial and directional verbs are signed. As you mentioned in the discussion forum, the most outstanding feature is that spatial verbs modify their spatial articulation depending on where the action is done. Therefore, when we say “put X in the drawer”, the sign PUT is articulated low in the space; when we say “keep X on the top shelf”, the sign KEEP is articulated high in the sign space, and to say “put X in the fridge”, we will articulate the sign PUT and the object towards the sign space where we located the fridge. In contrast, directional verbs change its shape depending on who does the action (the subject of the sentence) and who receives it (indirect object). If we want to say “I advise him” or “I tell her” the verb will move from me towards him/her (a third person located in space). However, in the sentence “he advises me” or “she tells me” the verb is moving from the area associated with the third person towards me. If the verb has no movement it is the palm of the hand that will be directed towards the person who receives the action. If you want to see a possible solution of the example sentences, here you have the video for spatial verbs. And this is the link for directional verbs.

Storytelling. We have really enjoyed the stories you told us: the Ugly Duckling, the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Hare and the Turtle. Although the competition is still opened and the person who gets more likes will win, at the time of closing this message we have a tie tie between the contributions. Congratulations to all participants and especially to the finalists Hilary Gibbard, Vanessa Juan, Rubén Golpe and Jordi Oliveró!

We, the course educators and mentors, finish our work here and we would like to end up by thanking all of you. Without you, the participants, this course would not have made sense. As Josep says in the goodbye to the course video, we hope that you have learned things you did not know before you started. And we hope that you enjoyed the course as much as we have done. It has been a pleasure to share with you all these weeks!

And you know: sign as much as you can! And if you ever come to Barcelona, you already know where we are. You will find us in the Laboratori de la llengua de signes catalana, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Visca l’LSC!

Josep, Gemma, Santi, Delfina, Alexandra, Sara, Cristina, Marc and Jordi

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Introduction to Catalan Sign Language: Speaking with Your Hands and Hearing with Your Eyes

Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

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