Question-answer pairs in Russian Sign Language: a corpus study

Autor/a: KHRISTOFOROVA, Evgeniia; KIMMELMAN, Vadim
Año: 2021
Editorial: FEAST, vol. 4 (2021) pp. 101-112
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


We describe basic morphosyntactic and semantic properties of question-answer pairs(QAPs) collected from the online corpus of Russian Sign Language (RSL). We identified two classes of QAPs: classical and discourse QAPs, which are different in the semantic relation between the question and answer parts. We discovered that non-manual marking and word order in both types of QAPs are different from other constructions involving wh-signs, namely regular questions and free relative clauses. Guided by the similarity between non-manual marking of QAPs and role shift marking, we hypothesize on a possible grammaticalization process connecting the two constructions.