10 Categorical Versus Gradient Properties of Classifier Constructions in ASL

@inproceedings{Emmorey200210CV,
  title={10 Categorical Versus Gradient Properties of Classifier Constructions in ASL},
  author={Karen Emmorey and Melissa Herzig},
  year={2002}
}
Classifier constructions in American Sign Language (ASL) were originally described as a type of mimetic depiction (Klima & Bellugi, 1979), rather than as morphologically complex signs. However, Supalla (1978, 1982) argued that classifier verbs were composed of discrete morphemes that express object form or category through handshape morphemes, object location through a “base grid” of discrete spatial loci, and movement through verbal roots. Similarly, Newport (1982) proposed that “ ‘mimetic… CONTINUE READING