Linearization of Phonological Tiers in ASL

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This chapter explores hand configuration (HC) in the context of morphological operations. The observation that one basic hand configuration characterizes all slots on the skeleton is perspicuously accounted for. Taken together with the OCP, the representation reveals a morpheme structure constraint, namely, that the selected finger features characterize all segments of a morpheme. Representing position features independently from selected fingers show their semiautonomy in nonstatic signs and in sign errors. Also, representing internal movement as contour features of HC has several virtues. Associating the position features—static or nonstatic—to HC in the proposed way reflects the physiological relation of the finger positions to the fingers and the hand articulator.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhonetics and Phonology
EditorsGeoffrey R. Coulter
PublisherSan Diego: Academic Press
ISBN (Print)9780121932701
StatePublished - 1993


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