Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics

Universal Grammar and American Sign Language

Setting the Null Argument Parameters

Authors: Lillo-Martin, D.C.

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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE American Sign Language (ASL) is the visual-gestural language used by most of the deaf community in the United States and parts of Canada. On the surface, this language (as all signed languages) seems radically different from the spoken languages which have been used to formulate theories of linguistic princi­ ples and parameters. However, the position taken in this book is that when the surface effects of modality are stripped away, ASL will be seen to follow many of the patterns proposed as universals for human language. If these theoretical constructs are meant to hold for language in general, then they should hold for natural human language in any modality; and ifASL is such a natural human language, then it too must be accounted for by any adequate theory of Universal Grammar. For this rea­ son, the study of ASL can be vital for proposed theories of Universal Grammar. Recent work in several theoretical frameworks of syntax as well as phonology have argued that indeed, ASL is such a lan­ guage. I will assume then, that principles of Universal Gram­ mar, and principles that derive from it, are applicable to ASL, and in fact that ASL can serve as one of the languages which test Universal Grammar. There is an important distinction to be drawn, however, be­ tween what is called here 'American Sign Language', and other forms of manual communication.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Universal Grammar and American Sign Language

    Lillo-Martin, Diane C.

    Pages 1-48

  • Null Arguments in American Sign Language

    Lillo-Martin, Diane C.

    Pages 49-121

  • Acquiring the Correct Settings on the Null Argument Parameters

    Lillo-Martin, Diane C.

    Pages 122-192

  • Summary, Suggestions, and Conclusions

    Lillo-Martin, Diane C.

    Pages 193-211

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Universal Grammar and American Sign Language
Book Subtitle
Setting the Null Argument Parameters
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Series Volume
13
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-3468-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-3468-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1419-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1420-2
Series ISSN
1873-0043
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 245
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