Two indefinite pronouns in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)

Autor/a: BARBERÁ, Gemma; CABREDO, Patricia
Año: 2017
Editorial: Sinn und Bedeutung 21 (University of Edinburgh), 2017
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This paper analyses two pronouns in Catalan Sign Language (LSC) that refer to unidentified human referents: WHOˆSOME (up) and ONE (up). We first show that in contexts that discriminate between indefinite pronouns and existential readings of human impersonal pronouns, both pronouns pattern with indefinite pronouns.  We then examine the semantic properties of the two pronouns.  WHOˆSOME (up) and ONE (up) contrast with respect to their number, compatibility with collective predicates, scope with respect to event iteration and domain restriction requirements.  In terms of specificity, both pronouns are epistemically non-specific, but ONE (up) is interpreted as scopally and partitively specific while WHOˆSOME (up) is neutral with respect to scopal and partitive specificity.