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Contrastive Structure and Spacial Agreement

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Explaining Contrastive Structure and Spatial Agreement When Giving Direction

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Contrastive Structure



Contrastive structure is used when you are talking about nouns that are not in the immediate environment. To reference a noun that is not there, a shift in body position is used to indicate a shift in noun topic.



Spatial Agreement When Giving Direction



When giving directions to someone on which way to go down a hallway in American Sign Language, you must use your eyes and facial expressions as well as your hands to do so.

See video showing giving direction for a close turn, a medium turn, and a far-off turn.







Spatial, Plain, and Inflective Verbs

Spatial - indicates location and/or movement
Ex - The apple is on the top right corner of the desk

Plain - does not indicate subject or verb
Ex - Run

Inflective - production of sign indicates the subject and the object
Ex - Help me