A DRT analysis of discourse referents and anaphora resolution in sign language

Autor/a: STEINBACH, Markus; ONEA, Edgar
Año: 2015
Editorial: Journal of Semantics (2015)
Tipo de código: DOI
Código: 10.1093/jos/ffv002
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Sign languages use the horizontal plane of the signing space to introduce discourse referents at particular referential loci (R-loci). R-loci could be viewed as abstract referential indices also known from spoken language grammar. However, in sign languages the spatial relations between R-loci appear to be exploited in establishing anaphoric relations between discourse referents, thus reducing ambiguities. In this article, we propose a feature-driven space geometry that captures a variety of ways in which anaphoric relationships can be established, and we conservatively extend classical Discourse Representation Theory (DRT) to incorporate geometric peculiarities of R-loci that can be used as constraints on anaphora resolution, meanwhile holding on to the intuition that R-loci, just like referential indices, have no semantic interpretation of their own. Our theory ameliorates the listing problem and captures part–whole behavior of anaphora in sign languages.