Show simple item record Quer, Josep, 1965- Steinbach, Markus 2017-10-13T11:08:39Z 2017-10-13T11:08:39Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Quer J, Steinbach M. Ambiguities in sign languages. The Linguistic Review. 2015; 32(1):143-65. DOI: 10.1515/tlr-2014-0018
dc.identifier.issn 1613-3676
dc.description.abstract Natural languages come in two different modalities – the aural-auditory modality of spoken languages and the visual-gestural modality of sign languages. The impact of modality on the grammatical system has been discussed at great length in the last 20 years. By contrast, the impact of modality on semantics in general and on ambiguities in particular has not yet been addressed in detail. In this paper, we deal with different types of ambiguities in sign languages. We discuss typical lexical and structural ambiguities as well as modality-specific aspects such as ambiguities in the use of the signing space and non-manual markers. In addition, we address the questions how sign languages avoid ambiguities and to what extent certain kinds of ambiguities and non-ambiguities depend on the visual-manual modality of sign languages. Since gestures use the same articulatory channel that is also active in the production of signs, we also discuss ambiguities between gestures on the one hand and grammaticalized gestures and signs on the other.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was partly made possible by a grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (FFI2012-36238), by the Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d’Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya (2009SGR00763), by SignGram Cost Action IS1006 and by the Courant Research Center ‘Textstructures’ at the University of Göttingen.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher De Gruyter
dc.relation.ispartof The Linguistic Review. 2015; 32(1):143-65. DOI: 10.1515/tlr-2014-0018
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dc.title Ambiguities in sign languages
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.subject.keyword Modality and meaning
dc.subject.keyword Conjunction
dc.subject.keyword Plurality of relations
dc.subject.keyword Role shift
dc.subject.keyword Signing space
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/FFI2012-36238
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion


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