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Social quick messages

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Haptices and haptemes

Haptices are messages mediated by touch. They are divided into groups. These groups are descriptions of facial expressions and behaviour, emotions, messages mediated when guiding, descriptions connected with hobbies, drawing to body and social quick messages. Haptemes are linguistic elements of haptices. Haptices and haptemes are categorised according to Lahtinen, 2008.

This is a summary of haptices usually connected with everyday life. They are also depicted in the book “Social quick messages” (Lahtinen, 2005).

Haptices are illustrated by videoclips in the upper part of the webpage. You can watch the video by clicking the arrow on the video clip. The video is divided into two parts. The first part is the text translated info Finnish Sign Language and the haptice itself can be seen in the latter part of the video. Below the video is a static picture with arrow drawings for clarification. Every haptice has its basic haptemes listed and explained below the picture.


I am here I am here Yes Yes No No
Coffee Coffee Tea Tea Telephone Telephone
Wait Wait To continue action To continue action I like to say something I like to say something
What is the time? What is the time? Signature Signature Emergency, fire warming etc. Emergency, fire warming etc.
Leaving Leaving Coming back Coming back Changing places Changing places
People moving around People moving around Person approaching Person approaching Continue walking Continue walking
Toilet Toilet Be careful, stop Be careful, stop Wait, do not talk now Wait, do not talk now
Talking quieter Talking quieter What? What? Talking louder Talking louder
Lecture / talk is starting Lecture / talk is starting Hearing aid T-switch on Hearing aid T-switch on Question? Question?
Teasing Teasing Interpreter Interpreter Different shapes Different shapes
Directions Directions Smile Smile Laughing Laughing
Crying Crying

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