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Grammaticalization of Head Shakes in American Sign Language

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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.

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Linguistics

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

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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.

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Grammaticalization of Head Shakes in American Sign Language

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.