Cardinal numerals in village sign languages – Approaching cross-modal typology

Zeshan, Ulrike orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8438-3701, Escobedo Delgado, C. E., Dikyuva, H., Panda, Sibaji and Devos, Conny (2012) Cardinal numerals in village sign languages – Approaching cross-modal typology. Linguistic Typology, 17 (03). p. 357. ISSN 1613-415X

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This paper presents data on cardinal numerals in three sign languages from small-scale communities with hereditary deafness. The unusual features found in these data considerably extend the known range of typological variety across sign languages. Some of these features, such as non-decimal numeral bases, are unattested in sign language research, but familiar from spoken languages, while others, such as subtractive sub-systems, are rare in both sign and speech. We conclude that for a complete typological appraisal of a domain, an approach to cross-modal typology, which includes a typologically diverse range of sign languages in addition to spoken languages, is both instructive and feasible.

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