Lexical borrowing in American Sign Language

Autor/a: BATTINSON, Robbin
Año: 1978
Editorial: Silver Spring, MD: Linstok Press, 1978
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This book is written primarily for those studying linguistic topics in the area of sign language, but also can be useful to sign language teachers who want to understand more about American Sign Language (ASL). Pen-and-ink illustrations allow the reader with no knowledge of sign language to follow the discussion. The hypothesis examined in this study is the following: As with oral languages, lexical borrowing from one manual language into another is accompanied by lexical restructuring in accordance with the formational and morphological principles of the borrowing language. This study examines some English words that are fingerspelled by signers and physically change to become ASL signs in a systematic and predictable manner. This implies that the process of word borrowing and restructuring in ASL is highly similar to the same process in spoken languages. The focus of this study is on the formational aspects of signing. An analysis of loan signs and the English influence that prompts their borrowing also depends on the social world of signers, which is discussed in terms of those aspects of social interaction that create ASL-English bilinguals.