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The categorical role of structurally iconic signs

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 April 2017

Brent Strickland
Affiliation:
Departement d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Superieure – PSL Research University, Institut Jean Nicod (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), 75005 Paris, France. stricklandbrent@gmail.com vale.aristodemo@gmail.com jeremy.d.kuhn@gmail.com carlo.geraci76@gmail.com
Valentina Aristodemo
Affiliation:
Departement d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Superieure – PSL Research University, Institut Jean Nicod (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), 75005 Paris, France. stricklandbrent@gmail.com vale.aristodemo@gmail.com jeremy.d.kuhn@gmail.com carlo.geraci76@gmail.com
Jeremy Kuhn
Affiliation:
Departement d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Superieure – PSL Research University, Institut Jean Nicod (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), 75005 Paris, France. stricklandbrent@gmail.com vale.aristodemo@gmail.com jeremy.d.kuhn@gmail.com carlo.geraci76@gmail.com
Carlo Geraci
Affiliation:
Departement d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Superieure – PSL Research University, Institut Jean Nicod (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), 75005 Paris, France. stricklandbrent@gmail.com vale.aristodemo@gmail.com jeremy.d.kuhn@gmail.com carlo.geraci76@gmail.com

Abstract

Goldin-Meadow & Brentari (G-M&B) argue that, for sign language users, gesture – in contrast to linguistic sign – is iconic, highly variable, and similar to spoken language co-speech gesture. We discuss two examples (telicity and absolute gradable adjectives) that challenge the use of these criteria for distinguishing sign from gesture.

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Aristodemo, V. & Geraci, C. (2015) Comparative constructions and visible degrees in LIS. Talk given at FEAST 2015, Barcelona.Google Scholar
Strickland, B., Geraci, C., Chemla, E., Schlenker, P., Kelepir, M. & Pfau, R. (2015) Event representations constrain the structure of language: Sign language as a window into universally accessible linguistic biases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(19):5968–73.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
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