Article published in:Impersonal human reference in Sign Languages
Edited by Gemma Barberà and Patricia Cabredo Hofherr
[Sign Language & Linguistics 21:2] 2018
► pp. 334–349
Agent-backgrounding in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)
This paper examines backgrounding strategies for human agents in Catalan Sign Language, that is, constructions featuring human agents that are non-referential. We identify and analyze four types of agent-backgrounding strategies: subjectless constructions, indefinite pronouns, the impersonal axis, and general nouns. Extending on previous work, we offer a description and a semantico-pragmatic analysis of each construction.
Keywords: backgrounding, Catalan Sign Language (LSC), impersonal axis, indefinite pronoun, impersonal reference, R-impersonals, generic human nouns
Published online: 22 March 2019
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