A Concise English-Interlingua Dictionary + Short Interlingua by Woodruff W. Bryne + British Interlingua Society

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Loci in space can be identified as associated with particular NPs. For referents which are physically present in the signing situation, the places which they occupy are generally understood as their associated loci. Thus, the locus of association nonnally interpreted as first person reference is the signer's own chest (or the space directly in front of it); the locus nonnally interpreted as second person reference is the addressee's chest, and for those third persons in the immediate surroundings, the loci interpreted as third person reference are the places at which these third persons are located.

The structural implementation of this system will be taken up in Chapter Two. This system has been described and assumed by many of the authors cited above. 4, I will discuss extraction in ASL, foJ,lowing in the lines of the discussion presented in Lillo-Martin (1990). Many sentences with topicalization will be used for the arguments made in Chapter Two; since extraction constructions in ASL do not mirror those of English it is necessary to provide some background here. 1. Nominal Establishment Crucial to an understanding of the verb agreement system of ASL is the notion of nominal association with loci in the signing space.

See Bellugi and Klima 1982, Hoffmeister and Wilbur 1980, Hoffmeister 1982, and Newport and Meier 1985 for reviews of recent research. ) One caveat needs to be made, however. Although much work has been done on the early stages of the acquisition of ASL, and some work has looked at discourse processes, relatively little work has concentrated on complex syntax. I will review here briefly some studies dn the early stages of the acquisition of ASL. This review will serve two purposes. First, it will set the stage for the acquisition studies to be discussed in Chapter Three by showing that in general it is plausible to take the acquisition of ASL as an appropriate comparison to the acquisition of spoken language, since the stages gone through are so similar.

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