A Prosodic Model of Sign Language Phonology by Diane Brentari

By Diane Brentari

This e-book is meant partly to supply linguists and cognitive scientists who have no idea signal language with some degree of access into the examine of signal language phonology. whilst, it offers a entire thought of American signal Language (ASL) phonology, whereas reviewing and development on replacement theories. One declare of this theoretical framework is that, due to signal language's visual/gestural phonetic foundation, the consonant-like devices and vowel-like devices are expressed concurrently with each other, instead of sequentially as in spoken languages. A moment declare is that events function because the most elementary prosodic devices of the language. the writer is worried to teach either the similarities and ameliorations among signed and spoken languages, and to point a few instructions for destiny paintings in cognitive technology that may be derived from her phonological version.

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10 shows the acceptable pair READ and READING. Even though the verbs BAT and THROW, GIVE and TAKE denote similar types of activities, native informants respond differently to their derived activity nouns, rejecting THROWING and TAKING but accepting BATTING and GIVING. (4) Distribution of activity nouns a. Examples of verbs and their derived activity nouns READ RAP CHAT DRIVE DRAW WRITE SHOP BAT GIVE READING RAPPING CHATTING DRIVING DRAWING WRITING SHOPPING BATTING GIVING < previous page page_14 If you like this book, buy it!

Tonal melody" inventories for Venda stems (Cassimjee 1983) Surface forms Underlying representations (Post Ltone) (Post H-tone) thamaha L thamaha thámâha madzhi H mádzhîe mádzhie danana LHL danána dánâna khokhola HLH khókhôla khókholá phaphana LHH phapháná pháphána dukana LLH dukaná dúkâná dakalo HHL dákálo dákalo In itself this is unremarkable, since distinctive features do the same thing. But Goldsmith (1976) has convincingly shown that tone is not just another set of distinctive features, but maintains a type of autonomy and stability within the system, since a restricted inventory of abstract patterns is involved.

In tone languages, tonal prosodies are often called tonal melodies, and tone patterns within stems are often drawn from a restricted set. Venda, for example, exhibits a wide range of surface tone patterns, arising from a small set of underlying primitive tone patterns: (L), H, (L)-H, H-(L)-H, and H-(L). ) "Tonal melody" inventories for Venda stems (Cassimjee 1983) Surface forms Underlying representations (Post Ltone) (Post H-tone) thamaha L thamaha thámâha madzhi H mádzhîe mádzhie danana LHL danána dánâna khokhola HLH khókhôla khókholá phaphana LHH phapháná pháphána dukana LLH dukaná dúkâná dakalo HHL dákálo dákalo In itself this is unremarkable, since distinctive features do the same thing.

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