Strong Pronominals in ASL and LSF (squib)
Philippe Schlenker
October 2017

Theories of pronominal strength (e.g. Cardinaletti_and_Starke_1999) lead one to expect that sign language, just like spoken language, can have morphologically distinct strong pronominals. We suggest that ASL (American Sign Language) and LSF (French Sign Language) have such pronominals, characterized here by the fact that they may associate with ONLY even in the absence of prosodically marked focus.
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keywords: sign language, strong pronouns, pointing, focus, semantics, morphology, syntax
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