Strong Pronominals in ASL and LSF (squib)
Philippe Schlenker
March 2018

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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