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Contrastive Structure:

Establishing spatial referents and then referring to them using body shift with appropriate agreement between the body shift and the referent as you contrast various characteristics about those referents.    Contrastive structure is good for such times as when you are talking about how many sisters and brothers you have,  where divorced parents live, or your living situation--where you grew up and then  moved to, etc.
Note to instructors:  For further information on this topic, one place to look is in the Signing Naturally curriculum, where it is discussed in the notes on p.39 of the SN Level 1 book in chapter 5 regarding families.

 


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