Iconicity in American sign language: concrete and metaphorical applications

@article{Taub2000IconicityIA,
  title={Iconicity in American sign language: concrete and metaphorical applications},
  author={Sarah F. Taub},
  journal={Spatial Cognition & Computation},
  year={2000},
  volume={2},
  pages={31-50}
}
American Sign Language (ASL) describes spatial information (e.g., shapes, configurations, movement and location of figures in space) through a productive system of iconic “classifier” predicates. Many lexical items denoting concrete objects or actions are derived from the classifier system; many lexical items and non-lexicalized descriptions of abstract objects or actions are derived from the classifier system as well, through metaphorical mappings from the spatial domain to abstract domains… CONTINUE READING