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Lane Alex Lane Aaron Shield LIN 312: Language in the Body 27 Sept. 2007 Discussion Notes #2 “Spoken languages tend to be arranged sequentially rather than simultaneously”; this was written in Mr. Aaron Shield’s lecture PowerPoint on “Modality Differences in Sign and Speech.” If that is true, is it then true that sign languages are arranged simultaneously rather than sequentially? This can be argued, but I do not believe it is true. Hearing is sequential but our visual is simultaneous; at the same time, signing is sequential just like speech. In chemistry, a reaction can be limited by a limiting reagent, meaning that you can only make as much product as you have as much of the lesser amount of compound; I think it is exactly the same in signing. However, I am not saying that signing is totally sequential with no simultaneous aspect. Using your face, arms, and hands are all components of signing, so it is possible to make a hand sign to mean something, while simultaneously making arm movements and making a facial expression to mean something different compared to just the hand sign. The example in Edward
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