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ERIC Number: EJ930443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
The Mechanics of Fingerspelling: Analyzing Ethiopian Sign Language
Duarte, Kyle
Sign Language Studies, v11 n1 p5-21 Fall 2010
Ethiopian Sign Language utilizes a fingerspelling system that represents Amharic orthography. Just as each character of the Amharic abugida encodes a consonant-vowel sound pair, each sign in the Ethiopian Sign Language fingerspelling system uses handshape to encode a base consonant, as well as a combination of timing, placement, and orientation to encode a paired vowel. This fingerspelling system is a productive polymorphemic method of naming the written characters of the Amharic language. (Contains 5 notes, 8 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia