Sign Language Studies

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Articles from Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring

A Crosslinguistic, Cross-Cultural Analysis of Metaphors in Two Italian Sign Language (LIS) Registers
A KEY DEFINITIONAL FEATURE of metaphors is that they make it possible to talk about a particular topic with terms usually related to a very different subject. For example, if someone says, "Jerry's mental wheels are oiled," we understand that the person...
Body Partitioning in ASL Metaphorical Blends
BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT PARTITIONING and metaphor directly, let us briefly consider the role of conceptual integration, or blending, in ASL. Blending is extremely common in everyday discourse in ASL and perhaps most, if not all, signed languages. All of...
Conjoining Word and Image in British Sign Language (BSL): An Exploration of Metaphorical Signs in BSL
THE LEXICON OF BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE (BSL), including, and perhaps especially, the productive lexicon, is highly motivated. Many sign linguists in the last few decades have played down the role of iconicity and other types of motivation in signed language....
Double Mapping in Metaphorical Expressions of Thought and Communication in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)
CONCEPTUAL METAPHORS INVOLVE a structure-preserving mapping between a concrete domain of thought (the source domain) and an abstract domain of thought (the target domain) (Lakoff and Turner 1989; LakofF and Johnson 1999). They are grounded in our everyday...
Introduction
THE ARTICLES IN THIS SPECIAL ISSUE are papers that were presented at the Eighth International Cognitive Linguistic Association Conference at the University of La Rioja in Logrono, Spain, in July 2003. The authors offered the first theme session on a...
What Do You Think? Metaphor in Thought and Communication Domains in American Sign Language
COGNITIVE LINGUISTICS EMBRACES a powerful notion of conceptual embodiment that reveals metaphoric creativity in spoken and signed languages. Since Aristotle's time and until fairly recently, metaphors have been thought of as flowery frills that emerge...
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