Language is shaped by the body

Mark Aronoff, Irit Meir, Carol Padden, Wendy Sandler

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Sign languages provide direct evidence for the relation between human languages and the body that engenders them. We discuss the use of the hands to create symbols and the role of the body in sign language verb systems, especially in two quite recently developed sign languages, Israeli Sign Language and Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-511
Number of pages3
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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