CREU 2013 – Fall – Week Eight

November 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve finished the section of Segouat’s dissertation analyzing how the variations in value of the handshape, correspond to the parts of speech of the sign those handshapes occur in. Segouat finds that the modifications in handshape due to coarticulation were found only in the lexical signs, and that handshapes that were modified as parts of lexical signs were not modified when used as numbers or as an iconic sign.  He hypothesizes that this is due numeric signs and fingerspelling requiring precise handshapes in order to be clearly understood and thus have minimal dependence on context.

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