Prosody and sentence boundaries in ASL interpretation
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While prosody is an integral part of spoken language, serving grammatical as well as para-linguistic means, it is conspicuously absent in the written modality. Apart from punctuation, there is hardly any explicit marking of intonation, phrasing, accent, or rhythm in writing. Given the apparent lack of prosody, the informativeness of written text may seem astonishing, especially considering the importance of prosody for morphological, syntactic, semantic, and information-structural encoding and analysis of speech. Recent years have seen a growing interest in the role of prosody in the written modality. However, the various strands of research on this topic remain largely unconnected.