Carl Börstell

List of John Benjamins publications for which Carl Börstell plays a role.


Börstell, Carl and Ryan Lepic 2020 Spatial metaphors in antonym pairs across sign languagesSpecial Issue in Memory of Irit Meir, Lillo-Martin, Diane, Wendy Sandler, Marie Coppola and Rose Stamp (eds.), pp. 112–141 | Article
We analyze sign locations in 776 signs from 16 antonym pairs across 27 sign languages to examine metaphorical mappings of emotional valence (positive vs. negative) along different spatial axes. We conduct both an automatic and a manual analysis of sign location and movement direction, to… read more
Börstell, Carl, Ryan Lepic and Gal Belsitzman 2016 Articulatory plurality is a property of lexical plurals in sign languageLexical plurals and beyond, Lauwers, Peter and Marie Lammert (eds.), pp. 391–407 | Article
Sign languages make use of paired articulators (the two hands), hence manual signs may be either one- or two-handed. Although two-handedness has previously been regarded a purely formal feature, studies have argued morphologically two-handed forms are associated with some types of inflectional… read more
Börstell, Carl, Thomas Hörberg and Robert Östling 2016 Distribution and duration of signs and parts of speech in Swedish Sign LanguageSign Language & Linguistics 19:2, pp. 143–196 | Article
In this paper, we investigate frequency and duration of signs and parts of speech in Swedish Sign Language (SSL) using the SSL Corpus. The duration of signs is correlated with frequency, with high-frequency items having shorter duration than low-frequency items. Similarly, function words (e.g.… read more
Lepic, Ryan, Carl Börstell, Gal Belsitzman and Wendy Sandler 2016 Taking meaning in hand: Iconic motivations in two-handed signsSign Language & Linguistics 19:1, pp. 37–81 | Article
Traditionally in sign language research, the issue of whether a lexical sign is articulated with one hand or two has been treated as a strictly phonological matter. We argue that accounting for two-handed signs also requires considering meaning as a motivating factor. We report results from a… read more
Börstell, Carl and Ryan Lepic 2014 Commentary on Kita, van Gijn & van der Hulst (1998)Sign Language & Linguistics 17:2, pp. 241–250 | Article