s-19 - Grammar of ASL: Phonology s Handshape Only a limited...

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Grammar of ASL: Phonology Handshape Only a limited set of hand configurations are used, just like sounds Non-standard use is an “accent” Movement Handshape undergoes movement in some location Grammar of ASL: Morphology Verb agreement Movement of handshape for verbs indicates subject and object agreement Not all verbs show agreement HATE does, but LOVE does not Pronouns not ordinarily expressed when the verb shows morphological agreement Verbs also show other morphological properties, and these are all found in some spoken language Grammar of ASL: Syntax Word order Basic: SVO This is the most neutral order Various non-basic Topicalization (movement to left edge of sentence) is a very common order: The test, everyone but me failed When a constituent is topicalized, this is grammatically marked, by a facial expression and head position: eyebrows raised, head tilted forward Other Aspects of ASL Syntax
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course CJUS 310 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Indiana.

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