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Lexicalisation and de-lexicalisation processes in sign languages: Comparing depicting constructions and viewpoint gestures

Cormier, K; Quinto-Pozos, D; Sevcikova, Z; Schembri, A; (2012) Lexicalisation and de-lexicalisation processes in sign languages: Comparing depicting constructions and viewpoint gestures. Language & Communication , 32 (4) 329 - 348. 10.1016/j.langcom.2012.09.004. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, we compare so-called “classifier” constructions in signed languages (which we refer to as “depicting constructions”) with comparable iconic gestures produced by non-signers. We show clear correspondences between entity constructions and observer viewpoint gestures on the one hand, and handling constructions and character viewpoint gestures on the other. Such correspondences help account for both lexicalisation and de-lexicalisation processes in signed languages and how these processes are influenced by viewpoint. Understanding these processes is crucial when coding and annotating natural sign language data.

Type: Article
Title: Lexicalisation and de-lexicalisation processes in sign languages: Comparing depicting constructions and viewpoint gestures
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2012.09.004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2012.09.004
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Classifier, Sign language, Gesture, Point of view, Iconicity
UCL classification: UCL
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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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1358299
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