Classifiers in Venezuelan Sign Language

Autor/a: OVIEDO, Alejandro
Año: 2006
Editorial: Signum Verlag, 2006
Tipo de código: ISBN
Código: 978-3-927731-94-3
Soporte: Papel


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This book deals with classifiers which are a group of Venezuelan Sign Language (LSV) signs. Classifiers have also been observed and described in sign languages from many other countries. The formal parts of these signs (i.e. their handshapes, movements, locations, etc.) iconically correspond to the meanings they convey, which allows signers to elaborate visually transparent representations of the spatial activity of entities and the physical aspect of objects. This transparency is evident even to people who are not familiar with sign languages, which means that classifiers cannot easily be described in the usual way of traditional linguistic categories.