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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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The Emergence of Argument Structure in Two New Sign Languages *

The Emergence of Argument Structure in Two New Sign Languages *

(p.101) 6 The Emergence of Argument Structure in Two New Sign Languages*
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Irit Meir

Oxford University Press

The chapter investigates how a new language develops devices for marking argument structure, by investigating two young sign languages, Israeli Sign Language (ISL) and Al‐Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL) that emerged about seventy‐five years ago. At earlier stages, the two languages tend to avoid argument structure marking. However, later on they diverge, indicating that there is no one universal path for developing argument structure marking.

Keywords:   new languages, sign languages, word order, verb agreement, argument structure

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