Handling versus Instrument: a crosslinguistic study of sign language morphology

Año: 2013
Editorial: Raquel Santiago Batista
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The signs for hand used objects across sign languages are performed in a very iconic way, with mainly a Handling or an Instrument form. As a previous research on this area shows, sign languages seem to have a strong preference towards one of these representation types over the other. The present study analysed form preference of five sign languages based on a list of hand used objects selected from the dictionaries of these sign languages, in order to determine whether this preference was significantly strong within each of the sign languages.