Reactive effort as a factor that shapes sign language lexicons

  title={Reactive effort as a factor that shapes sign language lexicons},
  author={Nathan Sanders and Nathan Donna Jo Napoli},
  pages={275 - 297}
Many properties of languages, including sign languages, are not uniformly distributed among items in the lexicon. Some of this nonuniformity can be accounted for by appeal to articulatory ease, with easier articulations being overrepresented in the lexicon in comparison to more difficult articulations. The literature on ease of articulation deals only with the active effort internal to the articulation itself. We note the existence of a previously unstudied aspect of articulatory ease, which we… 

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Sign Language Phonology

  • D. Brentari
  • Linguistics
    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics
  • 2018

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