The ASL Lexicon

Autor/a: PADDEN, Carol
Año: 1998
Editorial: Sign Language and Linguistics. Vol. 1 (1998) pp. 39-60
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This paper explores a range of foreign vocabulary in American Sign Language and demonstrates that there are ways of accounting for them without undermining the fundamental independence of a natural sign language. Arguments are made for a unified lexicon in which Native and Foreign vocabulary are arranged schematically as extending from a core to a periphery with gradations of conformity to phonological constraints of ASL forms. At the conclusion of the paper there is a brief review of issues concerning the presence of foreign vocabulary in natural sign languages.