Sílvia Gabarró-López

Sílvia Gabarró-López


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Works at Department of Linguistics
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 C, plan 2-3
Room C 332
Postal address Institutionen för lingvistik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a sign language linguist specialising in discourse analysis. I received my PhD from the Université de Namur in 2017. My doctoral dissertation focused on discourse markers in French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB) and Catalan Sign Language (LSC). In a nutshell, I investigated the use of three discourse markers in these two sign languages - buoys, PALM-UP and SAME - and proposed a segmentation methodology for signed discourse. I found that there are intra- and inter-linguistic differences and similarities between the three discourse markers at the level of their distribution per genre, per signer, their functions and their position in discourse. I also showed that discourse markers have common properties in the two modalities (spoken and signed).




My current research project focuses on the use of palm-up by hearing non-signers speakers of French and Swedish, deaf signers of French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB) and Swedish Sign Language (SSL), and sign language interpreters working with the French-LSFB or the Swedish-SSL pair of languages. This project aims to contribute to the debate on the gesture-sign interface and to linguistic typology by investigating the functions and the position of palm-up across two non-related spoken languages and two Western sign languages. 

The study of sign language interpreters will shed light on how the translating activity influences the functions and position of palm-up, thus widening our knowledge about the uses of this polyfunctional manual item.


Last updated: October 22, 2018

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