Interrogative Constructions in Signed Languages: Cross-linguistic Perspectives

Autor/a: ZESHAN, Ulrike
Año: 2004
Editorial: Language, Vol. 80, nº 1 (2004) pp. 7-39
Tipo de código: DOI
Código: 10.1353/lan.2004.005
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This article reports on results from a broad crosslinguistic study based on data from thirty-five signed languages around the world. The study is the first of its kind, and the typological generalizations presented here cover the domain of interrogative structures as they appear across a wide range of geographically and genetically distinct signed languages. Manual and nonmanual ways of marking basic types of questions in signed languages are investigated. As a result, it becomes clear that the range of crosslinguistic variation is extensive for some subparameters, such as the structure of question-word paradigms, while other parameters, such as the use of nonmanual expressions in questions, show more similarities across signed languages. Finally, it is instructive to compare the findings from signed language typology to relevant data from spoken languages at a more abstract, crossmodality level.