The Role of Iconicity in International Sign

Autor/a: ROSENSTOCK, Rachel
Año: 2008
Editorial: Sign language studies, Vol. 8, nº 2 (2008) pp. 131-159
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Signos Internacionales


This article investigates the role of iconicity in International Sign Language (ISL), as used by interpreters for Deaf people at international conferences. In analyses of ISL, specific issues of iconicity (e.g., degree of abstractness, levels of application, competing motivations, and universality) are considered and applied to ISL data. The data used in this article were recorded at Deaf Way II, an international conference held in Washington, D.C., and exemplify iconic structures on the lexical, syntactic, and discourse-pragmatic levels.