Chapter published in:Morphological Complexity within and across Boundaries: In honour of Aslı Göksel
Edited by Aslı Gürer, Dilek Uygun-Gökmen and Balkız Öztürk
[Studies in Language Companion Series 215] 2020
► pp. 354–383
The universal quantifier ‘all’ in Turkish Sign Language
This paper discusses four signs in TİD that play a role in expressing universal quantification. We argue that all and the mouthing of the Turkish word hepsi ‘all’ /hepsi/ are universal quantificational determiners. The other two are morphologically complex signs. all_of_those is the product of the cliticization of the mouthing /hepsi/ to a demonstrative determiner those. This sign forms a partitive universal quantifier with the meaning ‘All of those (N)’. all_of_those^same, expresses a proposition whose components are a universal quantifier subject and an adjectival predicate with the meaning ‘All of those are the same’. Our findings have implications on the role of mouthing and on cliticization and incorporation as well as the syntactic typology of quantificational determiners in sign languages.
Keywords: Turkish Sign Language, universal quantifiers, mouthing, cliticization, incorporation
Published online: 15 July 2020
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