Dr Pia Simper-Allen


My thesis is a study of how nine deaf children, with Swedish Sign Language as their first language, acquire verb constructions expressing different types of object manipulation. The constructions that are studied have previously been described as “classifier constructions” or “polysynthetic verbs”. Within Cognitive Linguistics, and in sign language research, terms like “depicting verb”, with the subcategories "manipulator", "substitutor" och "descriptor" have been used. These categories are well suited for the present study. Using these categories will show which hand shapes the children use for the "Cut and Break" elicitation material, which has been made available to us by the Max Planck Institute. Preliminary results indicate that the children have problems chosing the correct handform. They will confuse substitutors (where the hand represents the object) with manipulators (where the hand represents the hand).

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