ERIC Number: EJ849360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 5
Gesture and the Nature of Semantic Phonology
Armstrong, David F.; Wilcox, Sherman E.
Sign Language Studies, v9 n4 p410-416 Sum 2009
Stokoe begins his seminal article in semantic phonology with complaints about the complexities of the sign phonologies that were emerging at the time. His insight was not just that phonology is somehow meaningful. Rather, semantic phonology suggests that language structures are built of components that are structurally identical to themselves: Sentences are composed of words, but words are composed of semantic-phonological "sentences" or "noun-verb" constructions--that is, they are fundamentally recursive. In this article, the authors explain Stokoe's seminal concept of semantic phonology and clarify some controversies concerning its application.
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