The Emergence of Argument Structure in Two New Sign Languages

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The chapter investigates how a new language develops devices for marking argument structure, by investigating two young sign languages, Israeli Sign Language (ISL) and Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL) that emerged about seventy-five years ago. At earlier stages, the two languages tend to avoid argument structure marking. However, later on they diverge, indicating that there is no one universal path for developing argument structure marking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720536
ISBN (Print)9780199544325
StatePublished - 1 May 2010

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Editorial matter and organization Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel 2010. © The chapters their several authors 2010. All rights reserved.


  • Argument structure
  • New languages
  • Sign languages
  • Verb agreement
  • Word order

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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