Poster Title

Grammaticalization of Head Shakes in American Sign Language

Affiliated Department

Linguistics Program

Keywords

grammaticalization, American Sign Language, ASL, head shake, negation, Jespersen’s Cycle, metaphorical extension, generalization

Document Type

Event

Streaming Media

Abstract

This presentation seeks to explain the process through which the non-manual head shake sign was grammaticalized in American Sign Language. The head shake began as a co-speech gesture and ended as a non-manual sign that can indicate negation by itself. Evidence is presented to show that the grammaticalization process follows the Jespersen’s Cycle and uses metaphorical extension and generalization as processes.

Comments

This presentation was part of the Linguistics Program at the Scholars Week 2017 Symposium, held on Wednesday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. in Bond Hall 217 at Western Washington University.

Rights

Copying of this presentation in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this presentation for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

Language

English

Format

video/mp4

 

Grammaticalization of Head Shakes in American Sign Language

Linguistics Program

This presentation seeks to explain the process through which the non-manual head shake sign was grammaticalized in American Sign Language. The head shake began as a co-speech gesture and ended as a non-manual sign that can indicate negation by itself. Evidence is presented to show that the grammaticalization process follows the Jespersen’s Cycle and uses metaphorical extension and generalization as processes.