Edited by Annika Hübl and Markus Steinbach
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 247] 2018
► pp. 251–274
Nominal referential values of semantic classifiers and role shift in signed narratives
Bringing together the areas of dynamic semantics and signed discourse, this article focuses on the dynamic potential of referring expressions, such as semantic and limb classifiers, and role shift constructions. On the basis of the Catalan Sign Language version of the Aesop’s fables, a qualitative analysis is presented, which focuses on the interaction between referring expressions and the accessibility scale. While the incorporation of semantic and limb classifiers constructions into the accessibility hierarchy leads to a more fine-grained analysis, role shift also reveals itself as an essential mechanism to associate the classifier handshape to the corresponding discourse referent. Dynamic operations are taken into account with the main aim of offering a novel proposal on discourse accessibility structure in signed narrative discourse.
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