WH-questions in Catalan Sign Language

Autor/a: ALBA DE LA TORRE, Celia
Año: 2016
Editorial: Barcelona: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2016
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This dissertation offers a characterization and an analysis of wh-questions in Catalan Sign Language, which show the particularity of placing wh-expressions canonically in sentence final position. This feature, specific to Sign Languages, has been difficult to deal with from traditional models, which have often considered that wh-movement is universally to the left and which have also often assumed that syntactic structure encodes information about the linear order of linguistic elements. The dissertation also argues that syntactic hierarchy and linear order are two different objects with a limited impact over one another, and that the latter is mainly dependent on the mechanisms of linguistic processing and, specifically, on Working Memory. In that sense, the hypothesis that the difference in the placing of wh-elements between Sign Languages and Spoken Languages is due to differences in Working Memory is put forwards. To explore it, the results of two experiments with Deaf and hearing participants are discussed.