Routes from gesture to language

Autor/a: WILCOX, Sherman
Año: 2007
Editorial: Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


In this paper I explore the role of  gesture in the development of  signed languages. Using data from American  Sign  Language,  Catalan  Sign  Language,  French Sign  Language,  and Italian  Sign Language, as well as historical sources describing gesture in the Mediterranean region, I demonstrate that gesture enters the linguistic system via at  least  two  distinct  routes. In  one,  gesture  serves as a source of  lexical and grammatical  morphemes in signed languages. In the second, gesture enters the linguistic system through prosody and intonation, bypassing the lexical stage entirely, and then develop into morphological forms. Finally, I propose further research that could contribute to our understanding of  these two routes.

En: Pizzuto, E. et al. (eds.), Verbal and signed languages. Comparing structures, constructs, and methodologies, pp. 107-131.