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Modification of indicating verbs in British Sign Language: A corpus-based study

Fenlon, J; Schembri, A; Cormier, K; (2018) Modification of indicating verbs in British Sign Language: A corpus-based study. Language , 94 (1) pp. 84-118. 10.1353/lan.2018.0002. Green open access

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Abstract

Indicating verbs can be directed towards locations in space associated with their arguments. The primary debate about these verbs is whether this directionality is akin to grammatical agreement or whether it represents a fusion of both morphemic and gestural elements. To move the debate forward, more empirical evidence is needed. We consider linguistic and social factors in 1679 indicating verb tokens from the BSL Corpus. Results reveal that modification is not obligatory and that patient modification is conditioned by several factors such as constructed action. Our results suggest that indicating verbs represent a fusion of morphemic and gestural elements.

Type: Article
Title: Modification of indicating verbs in British Sign Language: A corpus-based study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/lan.2018.0002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2018.0002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: agreement, directional, person, constructed action, role shift, gesture, deixis
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1463708
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