The structure of determiner phrases: Evidence from American Sign Language

Autor/a: MacLAUGHLIN, Dawn
Año: 1997
Editorial: Boston, MA: Boston University, 1997
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This dissertation explores the structure of the Determiner Phrase (DP) in American Sign Language (ASL), with particular emphasis on determiners, adjectives, possessives, and agreement. The analysis reveals the existence of multiple agreement projections. Agreement features can be expressed manually and non-manually, through head tilt and eye gaze. The non- manual expressions of agreement behave like other non-manual syntactic markings in ASL, spreading over the c-command domain of the marking’s source. The distribution of non-manual correlates of agreement provides important evidence for the structure of DP.