A re-analysis of the creole status of American Sign Language

Autor/a: LUPTON, Linda; SALMONS, Joe
Año: 1996
Editorial: Sign Language Studies, Vol. 90 (1996) pp. 80-94
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The claim that American Sign Language (ASL) has creole origins or remains a creole is examined from a creolist perspective. Applying criteria based on the work of a number of creole researchers we find that the evidence for creole origins of ASL fails to meet any usual definition of a creole. Lexical and morphosyntactic similarities between ASL and other signed languages (especially French Sign Language) are discussed in terms of lexical borrowing and the characteristics unique to the transmission of visual/spatial languages, respectively.