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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Necessity And Possibility Modals In Brazilian Sign Language (libras)
Author: Xavier A.N.
Wilcox S.
Abstract: This article reports the results of a study of necessity and possibility modals in Brazilian Sign Language (Libras). The data discussed here mainly come from an interview carried out with a fluent deaf Libras signer. Our analysis suggests that the Libras modals we elicited have a lexical source with a more concrete meaning (Bybee 1994 et al.) and, in some cases, can have their origin traced back to a gesture, as has been demonstrated for ASL (Wilcox & Shaffer 2006). It also suggests, based on synchronic polysemy, that modals in Libras have developed through the same grammaticization processes observed for spoken languages. The results, coming from a language in the signed modality, contribute to our understanding of the truly typologically universal paths of grammaticization and the semantic domain of modality.
Editor: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2014-0019
Date Issue: 2014
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