The nature of bare nouns in American Sign Language

Elena Koulidobrova (Central Connecticut State University)
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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
LingSem (DOW 201) See map
370 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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In this talk, I examine the nature of bare nouns in American Sign Language. I show that ASL joins the list of languages that appear to have no countability distinction (like Yudja, Lima 2014): all nouns are able to combine with numerals. However, upon closer examination, this distinction is flushed out in partitioning context – with the application of a sortal classifier (Rothstein 2010, i.a.). This finding has a number of implications: for the syntax of the DP (MacLaughlin 1998, Bernath 2009) and for the syntax of the Classifier projection (Benedicto & Brentari 2004, Abner 2017, Davidson 2015).

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