From iconic handshapes to grammatical contrasts: longitudinal evidence from a child homesigner

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Coppola, Marie; Brentari, Diane;
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Journal: Frontiers in Psychology,volume 5 (issn: 1664-1078, eissn: 1664-1078)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00830, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00830/full, pmc: PMC4139701
  • Subject: sign language | grammaticalization | Psychology | morphology | language acquisition | Original Research Article | BF1-990 | language emergence | homesign | gesture | phonology | iconicity

Many sign languages display crosslinguistic consistencies in the use of two iconic aspects of handshape, handshape type and finger group complexity. Handshape type is used systematically in form-meaning pairings (morphology): Handling handshapes (Handling-HSs), represen... View more