Formal Semantics of Sign Languages

Authors

  • Sandro Zucchi

    1. Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Milano via Festa del Perdono
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    • Correspondence address: Sandro Zucchi, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Milano via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122, Milano, Italy. E-mail: alessandro.zucchi@unimi.it


Abstract

The paper discusses some issues that arise from research on sign languages in the area of formal semantics. Sign languages provide a unique standpoint to investigate semantic phenomena like donkey anaphora, indexical reference shift, and tense. Moreover, they pose a challenge for semantic theories, since movement verbs display gradient properties (semi-continuous variations with semantic import). The paper presents and discusses some accounts that have been proposed.

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