ERIC Number: ED414755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
How Snowmen Move: Some Aspects of Lexical Choice in Irish Sign Language.
Mc Donnell, Patrick
TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, n16 p121-34 1996
Verbs of motion and location in Irish Sign Language have a characteristic lexicalization pattern, which influences the lexical choices signers make in denoting the motion and location of entities. Perceived characteristics of referents govern the type of verb root selected. Animate and inanimate referents are signified by different types of verb roots. Lexical choice is also influenced by the particular aspect of the motion event that signers wish to emphasize. Signers use plain verbs or stems that combine with manner of locomotion movements to describe the action in "close-up" terms. If the action is placed in a wider spatial environment, signers use verb stems that can combine with movements indicating motion paths. Frequently, signers use serial verb constructions to refer to motion events. The particular choices made by signers are associated with the roles they adopt in narratives. Verbs that represent a "close-up" of the action are associated with a participant role; those that represent a "long view" of the action are associated with an observer role. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: For Serial publication in which this article appears, see FL 024 940.