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ERIC Number: EJ124326
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1975
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Arbitrariness and Iconicity: Historical Change in American Sign Language
Frishberg, Nancy
Language, 51, 3, 696-719, Sep 75
This paper examines historical processes in American Sign Language (ASL) and shows that there is a tendency for signs to change in the direction of arbitrariness, rather than maintaining a level of iconicity. Changes at the formational level are seen as contributing to language-internal consistency, at the expense of transparency. (Author/CLK)
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