By Pamela M. Perniss (Editor), Roland Pfau (Editor), Markus Steinbach (Editor)
It's been argued that homes of the visual-gestural modality impose a homogenizing influence on signal languages, resulting in much less structural edition in signal language constitution compared to spoken language constitution. besides the fact that, till lately, learn on signal languages was once restricted to a few (Western) signal languages. sooner than we will be able to actually resolution the query of no matter if modality results do certainly reason much less structural version, it is vital to enquire the similarities and transformations that exist among signal languages in additional element and, specially, to incorporate during this research much less studied signal languages. the present learn weather is testimony to a surge of curiosity within the examine of a geographically extra diversified diversity of signal languages. the amount displays that weather and brings jointly paintings by means of students undertaking comparative signal linguistics study. The eleven articles talk about facts from many alternative signed and spoken languages and canopy a variety of issues from assorted parts of grammar together with phonology (word pictures), morphology (pronouns, negation, and auxiliaries), syntax (word order, interrogative clauses, auxiliaries, negation, and referential shift) and pragmatics (modal which means and referential shift). as well as this, the contributions tackle psycholinguistic concerns, points of language swap, and matters bearing on information assortment in signal languages, thereby supplying methodological guidance for extra study. even if a few papers use a particular theoretical framework for reading the knowledge, the amount truly makes a speciality of empirical and descriptive points of signal language version.
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This volume). By contrast, in IPSL, the placement of the general question word is much more restricted. The general wh-sign G-WH only occurs in sentence-final position (cf. Aboh et al. 2005). Wh-word paradigms are another source of variation ranging from very simple paradigms to highly complex ones. Interestingly, even sign languages with complex wh-word paradigms usually have a general whsign basically meaning ‘what’. Zeshan (2004b) therefore distinguishes three different types of languages: (i) the general interrogative covers the whole wh-word paradigm (type A), (ii) the general interrogative covers part of the wh-word paradigm (type B), and (iii) the general interrogative exists alongside a complex wh-word paradigm (type C).
Wilbur focus on interrogatives in two less studied European sign languages, Croatian Sign Language (Hrvatski Znakovni Jezik, HZJ) and Austrian Sign Language (Österreichische Gebärdensprache, ÖGS), and compare them to interrogatives in ASL. The paper addresses manual and non-manual interrogative markers. In all three sign languages, polar and wh-questions are marked non-manually and different markers for polar and wh-questions are used. Moreover, the wh-sign can occur in sentence initial, sentence final, or in both positions.