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NZSL L7: Example 2

Example 2: Somali culture

Somali culture film

Context and text type

Saynab, who grew up in Somalia, gives a speech to her classmates about contrasts between Somalia and New Zealand.

Text type

Speech, formal. Receptive.

Observations a student might make concerning:

Information, ideas, and opinions communicated in the text

Saynab communicates information that Muslims must eat only Halal food:

  • FIRST MUSLIM MAN PRAY SAY fs-ALLAH AKBAH AGAIN+++ ANIMAL NECK, CUT MEAN DEAD
    CAN COOK++ NOW ALLOW EAT  FOLLOW MUSLIM LAW

Saynab gives information about the kinds of foods that Muslims are allowed to eat:

  • FIRST PEOPLE PRAY, FINISH

    ANIMAL, LIKE  list IX-finger ANIMAL-RABBIT, IX-third finger CHICKEN, IX-fourth finger SHEEP,

Saynab gives information about which animal Muslims are not allowed to eat:

  • Not pork

Saynab indicates contrast in NZ and Somalian cultures

  • NZ CULTURE point IX-loc (right), IX-loc (left) SOMALI CULTURE IX-point

Saynab gives information about the degree to which rules for Muslim clothing have to be followed.

  • NZ CULTURE SHORT-TOP (disapproving facial expression) SHORT SLEEVE, BLONDE, EYEBROW PIERCED, LIP PIERCED (facial expression) ANYTHING, POSS-TEND++

    SOMALI CULTURE IX-loc MUST WHAT, LONG SLEEVE, LONG DRESS, SCARF SAME ME. WHY

    FOLLOW MUSLIM LAW.

How the writer supports or challenges the ideas and opinions of others

  • NOW ALLOW EAT WHY, FOLLOW MUSLIM LAW. FAMILY CULTURE HAND-down ++++

How the language in the text is organised for the signer’s purpose

Saynab follows the conventions of a more formalised presentation in NZSL. She uses measured signing pace, appropriate size of signs for the situation, a classroom. She uses clear articulation and appropriate use of pausing.

  • , GROW-up ME, NZ CULTURE

Saynab uses formalised language, as appropriate to a formal presentation.

Saynab uses pronominalised (pointing) signs, spatial reference, shoulder shift and eye gaze when she makes comparisons between NZ and Somali dress can wear to make clear which culture she is signing about:

Saynab uses topic comment to communicate the information that New Zealand has halal food:

  • NZ FOOD, fs-HALAL HAVE++++, GENERAL++

Last updated January 20, 2017



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