Publication details [#65727]

Hodge, Gabrielle, Lindsay N. Ferrara and Benjamin D. Anible. 2019. The semiotic diversity of doing reference in a deaf signed language. Journal of Pragmatics 143 : 33–53.
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Deaf signers frequently employ amply ad-libbed, very context-reliant semiotic strategies to do reference. Cognitive accessibility and animacy fix size and complexity of referring expressions. Very informative sensory images frequently employed reintroduce or preserve referents. Humans and animals are oft visibly represented rather than lexically limned, whereas inanimate objects are oft listed to important locations in the signing space.