TYPES OF SPACE AND THEIR USE IN SIGN LANGUAGE

ABSTRACT

This article analyses and reviews the literature currently available on sign languages’ use of space. It focuses on two main topics within the literature: the types of signing space and how space is used at different linguistic levels. The first part focuses on the three types of signing space: real, topographic and syntactic space. Moreover, it includes an explanation of the different perspectives of signing, the structured use of syntactic space, and a summary of the experiments that support the distinction between topographic and syntactic space. The second part describes how the signing space is used at the phonological, morphological and discourse level, including key topics such as verbs that use space, pointing and timelines. Although this article focuses mainly on British Sign Language(BSL), it also includes literature on other sign languages (Australian Sign Language, American Sign Language, and Danish Sign Language) since there seems to be relatively little research on the use of space within BSL research.

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