Abstract

Linguistic descriptions of sign languages are essential to support their linguistic status and to preserve the cultural background of the Deaf communities that use and recreate them. We describe the subsystem of cardinal numbers in Catalan Sign Language (LSC) in the variety used in Barcelona. The description includes the parameters of handshape, orientation, location, direction, and movement.

We also illustrate, with some results from a psycholinguistic study, how LSC's number features influence the transcoding behavior of deaf children learning the language. Most of the errors the students commit can be explained by overgeneralization of LSC's number-system features.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-6263
Print ISSN
0302-1475
Pages
pp. 94-117
Launched on MUSE
2004-10-05
Open Access
No
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