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Deaf around the WorldThe Impact of Language$
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Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.001.0001

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Some Observations on Form-Meaning Correspondences in Two Types of Verbs in ASL

Some Observations on Form-Meaning Correspondences in Two Types of Verbs in ASL

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(p.83) Chapter 2 Response Some Observations on Form-Meaning Correspondences in Two Types of Verbs in ASL
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Deaf around the World
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Paul G. Dudis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0004

This chapter continues discussion of linguistic characteristics unique to sign languages by looking at structures and conceptual work needed in integrating visual imagery into the proper use of indicating verbs and handling-classifier predicates. Both types of verbs have unspecified components within their phonological structure to be elaborated compatibly with their semantic structure. The form-meaning correspondences in the indicating verb prompt the signer to direct the sign movement towards an appropriate discourse referent—thus filling in location features. On the other hand, these correspondences in the handling-classifier predicate prompt for the depiction of the encoded event. Therefore the phonological features of the handling-classifier predicate filled in by context are not limited to location; they pervade the verb’s phonological structure.

Keywords:   sign language linguistics, handling-classifier predicates, indicating verbs, phonological structure, American Sign Language

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