Verb agreement as alignment in signed languages

Autor/a: MATHUR, Gaurav
Año: 2000
Editorial: Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Sistemas de transcripción de las Lenguas de Signos


This thesis provides a novel way of looking at verb agreement in signed languages by using an interaction of several processes within the Distributed Morphology framework.  At the center of the model is a phonological re-adjustment rule, called "alignment", which handles various forms of agreement, including orientation change, path movement, relative position of the hands, and/or a combination of these.  Further evidence is taken from cross-linguistic data from American Sign Language, German Sign Language, Australian Sign Language, and Japanese Sign Language, as well as from interaction with several other morphemes.  It is shown that the output of the alignment process is filtered by various phonetic constraints and may be replaced by an alternative form that does not otherwise violate phonetic constraints.