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Title: Classifiers in Thai Sign Language
Paper URL: http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JTL13/pdf_doc/02.pdf
Author: Apiluck Tumtavitikul
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Homepage: http://pirun.ku.ac.th/~fhumalt
Institution: Kasetsart University
Author: Chirapa Niwatapant
Author: Philipp Dill
Institution: (personal interest - not currently working at a university)
Linguistic Field: Morphology
Subject Language: Thai Sign Language
Abstract: It has been shown that classifiers in sign languages are quite similar in morphology and constructions in cross-studies of sign languages. The similarities lie in the complex simultaneous components in the morphology and constructions. Such complexity and simultaneity of lnaguage production is inarguably unique to the visual-spatial modality. This paper studies the classifier morphology and constructions in Thai Sign Language (Thai SL). The classifiers are compared with classifiers of spoken Thai. The result shows the complex simultaneous components of the morphology and constructions of Thai SL classifiers. In comparison with Thai, the differences in noun classificatory device systems between Thai SL and standard Thai are shown. It is argued that similar to classifiers in both sign languages and spoken languages, classifiers in Thai SL display properties of language universals as well as linguistic typology.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JTL13/index.html
Publication Info: SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, Vol. 6.1 (ISSN 1336-782x)
URL: http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JTL13/pdf_doc/02.pdf


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