Is Hong Kong Sign Language a topic-prominent language?

Autor/a: SZE, Felix
Año: 2015
Editorial: Linguistics, Vol. 53, nº 4 (2015) pp. 809–876
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This paper addresses two questions. First, how can we know if a language is topic-prominent in the spirit of Li and Thompson. Second, is HKSL topic-prominent? This paper argues that some of the subsequent studies that adopt Li and Thompson's proposal may have over-interpreted the latter's initial claims by turning their observed characteristics of topic-priminence languages into "defining criteria" for topic-prominence.