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Iconic enrichments: Signs vs. gestures

Abstract : Semantic work on sign language iconicity suggests, as do Goldin-Meadow & Brentari (G-M&B) in their target article, that “sign should be compared with speech-plus-gesture, not speech alone” (sect. 7.1). One key question is whether speech-plus-gesture and sign-with-iconicity really display the same expressive resources. This need not be the case, because gestural enrichments are typically not at-issue, whereas iconic enrichments in sign language can often be at-issue. Future research should thus focus on the “projection” properties of different sorts of iconic enrichment in both modalities.
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Philippe Schlenker. Iconic enrichments: Signs vs. gestures. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2017, 40, pp.41-42. ⟨10.1017/S0140525X15003064⟩. ⟨ijn_03080927⟩



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