The analysis of signed languages

Sherman Wilcox and Phyllis Perrin Wilcox

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

The analysis of signed languages


Signed languages are natural human languages used by deaf people throughout the world as their native or primary language. The study of them provides insights into many of the long-standing questions pondered by linguists, such as the nature of duality patterning and the origin and evolution of the human language facility. The analysis of signed languages permits linguists and cognitive scientists to address important questions about the nature of grammaticalization, metaphor, iconicity, and metonymy.

Keywords: sign language; linguistic analysis; grammaticalization; metaphor; iconicity; metonymy

Article.  7986 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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