Space and iconicity in German Sign Language

Autor/a: PERNISS, Pamela
Año: 2007
Editorial: Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 2007
Colección: MPI Series in Psycholinguistics; 45
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Sign languages are the natural languages of the deaf. They are produced in the visual-spatial modality by using the hands, torso, eyes, face, and head as articulators, and are perceived visually. In this, they differ radically from spoken languages, which are produced by manipulations of the vocal tract, and auditorily perceived. This dissertation investigates the influence of the modality on the structure of German Sign Language (Deutsche Gebärdensprache, DGS) in the expression of spatial relationships. The discussion of the relevant theoretical domains is prefaced by a general introduction to sign languages as natural language systems and their use in deaf communities.