Pauses and syntax in American Sign Language

Autor/a: GROSJEAN, François; LANE, Harlan
Año: 1977
Editorial: Cognition. Nº 5 (1977) pp. 101-117
Tipo de código: DOI
Código: 10.1016/0010-0277
Soporte: Papel


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Research on spoken languages has shown that the durations of silent pauses in a sentence are strongly related to the syntactic structure of the sentence. A similar analysis of the pauses (holds) in a passage in American Sign Language reveals that sequences of signs are also interspersed with holds of different lengths: long holds appear to indicate the ends of sentences; shorter holds, the break between two conjoined sentences; and the shortest holds, breaks between internal constituents.