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.
|Title of host publication||Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - 1 May 2010|
Bibliographical notePublisher 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
- Arts and Humanities (all)