Argument Structure in HKSL and TJSL Classifier Predicates
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AbstractBenedicto and Brentari (2004) claim that ASL classifiers are heads of functional projections determining whether the argument that lands on the respective specifier is external or internal. What the verbal root does is only to determine the number of argument(s) of the predicate. Specifically, Benedicto and Brentari hypothesize that whole entity classifiers select an internal argument and enter into intransitive predicates whereas handling classifiers introduce an agentive, external argument and an internal argument, hence transitive predicates result. In this paper, we argue that this may be a language specific property. While examining the instrument classifiers in HKSL and Tianjin SL (TJSL), we observe that such a rigid division does not hold between handling instrumental and whole entity instrumental classifiers. Instrument in HKSL and TJSL is represented by three types of classifier handshapes, namely, whole entity instrumental classifiers (1), handling instrumental classifiers (2), and whole entity+handling instrumental classifiers (3), the last of which combines a whole entity and a handling classifier in one single handshape configuration.
Acceptance Date01/02/2018
All Author(s) ListTang G., He J.
Name of ConferenceWorkshop for Argument Structure Across Modalities
Start Date of Conference01/02/2018
End Date of Conference02/02/2018
Place of ConferenceAmsterdam
Country/Region of ConferenceNetherlands
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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