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From:  Cheryl Zapien
Date:  Tue Feb 23, 1999  4:47 pm
Subject:  Re: topics

You mean like two little single quotes--the idea makes sense to me. Cheryl

William MacGruder wrote:

> In a message dated 2/22/99 8:26:56 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> << Subject: topics
> To clarify (?) Valerie's point below...
> It is my understanding that the topic marker is not used in all sentences
> in ASL, only in those which use the grammatical process known as
> "topicalization" this is a fancy word for putting the topic at the
> beginning of the sentence; ordinarily it would come after the verb, as in
> [the cat eats grass] We can sign it like that, word for word, in ASL, but
> more often than not we topicalize it--move the grass to the front-- so it
> comes out [grass eats the cat.] That's no good in English, and it's also
> no good in ASL unless you include a topicalization marker, which is raised
> eyebrows. The raised eyebrows signals why the grass is in front of the
> cat--it's the topic. So if the object/topic is put first, the sentence
> starts with raised eyebrows, and if the topic is last (after the verb),
> then it doesn't have raised eyebrows.
> >>
> After reading the above, the following just popped into mind:
> Perhaps the best thing then would be to write the Signs and then next
to the
> Sign which is the Topic of the sentence or phrase, just write or draw two tiny
> eyebrows.
> I know it's corny, but it could work.
> Cheers!
> -William J. "Chip" McGruder
> Monterey, California

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