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ERIC Number: ED135248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Pages: 21
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Negative Incorporation in French and American Sign Language.
Woodward, James; De Santis, Susan
This paper examines negative incorporation in various lects of two historically related sign languages, French Sign Language and American Sign Language. Negative incorporation not only offers interesting insights into the structure of French and American Sign Language, but also into the descriptive and explanatory power of variation theory. By viewing negative incorporation in a dynamic framework, it is possible to describe the variable usage of it as a phonological process in French Sign Language and as a grammatical process in American Sign Language; to argue for possible early creolization in American Sign Language; to show the historical continuum between French Sign Language and American Sign Language, despite heavy restructuring; and to demonstrate the influences of social variables on language variation and change, especially illustrating the progressive role of women in sign language change and the conservative forces in French Sign Language as compared with American Sign Language. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 28-30, l976)