Chapter 1. The native lexicon

This chapter of the GramLSE discusses the main properties of the signs of the native lexicon of Spanish Sign Language (LSE). 

The LSE lexicon includes both signs that have developed naturally and signs that are borrowings from other languages with which it is in contact. Naturally developed signs follow the phonological rules of the LSE and make up the native lexicon. In contrast, signs derived from contact with other languages constitute the non-native lexicon, which is addressed in another section of the GramLSE. 

The phonology section of the GramLSE explains that signs are formed by a combination of specific parameters that make up their sublexical structure (Phonology)

According to their linguistic characteristics, signs may belong to the core or non-core native lexicon. Signs of the core or established lexicon have a stable meaning and can be found in an LSE dictionary. In contrast, those of the non-core or productive lexicon do not have a fixed meaning outside their context. This section of the GramLSE describes the different types of lexical elements of the LSE that belong to the core and non-core lexicon.

Villameriel García, S. (2023). Lexicon: 1. The native lexicon. In S. Villameriel García (Ed.), Gramática de la Lengua de Signos Española (GramLSE) / Grammar of Spanish Sign Language (GramLSE). Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad. Retrieved Month DD, YYYY, from