Exploring wh-questions in Indian Sign Language

Autor/a: KULSHRESHTA, Neha
Año: 2020
Editorial: FEAST, Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory, Vol. 3 (2020) pp. 30-42
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


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Wh-questions have been well studied in many sign languages. There have been manycompeting analyses like leftward, rightward and remnant movement, to explain the ty-pologically uncommon appearance of wh-signs in the right periphery. In this paper, I focus on wh-questions in Indian Sign Language (ISL). A previous analysis of wh-questionsin ISL argues against rightward wh-movement to Spec, CP. Instead, the general ISL wh-sign (G-W H) can be better analyzed as a syntactic head of a right-branching functionalprojection in the left periphery of the clause. In this paper, I scrutinize this analysis givenfor the wh-questions in ISL and attempt to formulate a new analysis based on new datacollected online and during fieldwork with five deaf signers in India.