Subject-Object Agreement In Sign Language

In this case, the subject is still marked in such verbs, although by a different mechanism of concordance. Lillo-Martin & Meier (2011) also looks at the theme of canonity and discusses in detail two striking characteristics of SL conformity: the existence of different verb classes (including backward references) and the primacy of the object over the marking of the subject. While acknowledging that the SL chord cannot be canonical in some respects, they also point out that “many of the qualities that at first glance make the sign language chord unusual are actually attested in the languages of the world” (Lillo-Martin & Meier 2011: 127). The question was asked recently: how do you sign: “Today we are going to Grandma`s house.” Just sign: TODAY WE ARE GOING TO OMA HOUSE. Any other form of sentence requires more effort…



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