Classifiers in sign language

Classifier is a sign that represents a class or group of objects, subjects or referents.

It also can function or act as a "pronoun" which is referred to an object or a subject. E.g. the horizontal 3-handshape representing a group of vehicles such as car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, submarine, etc.

Classifier can be an adjective that describes a size, shape, depth, texture, etc. of a person or an object. It can be incorporated with a verb.


Related links

Identify different types of classifiers.


Erbauch, Mary S. "Scissors, Paper, Stone: Perceptual Foundations of Noun Classifier Systems" September 1984.

"Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Usign Classifiers" (DVD) with Angela Stratiy. ISBN 9780969779254. Contact Interpreting Consolidated, Edmonton, Canada.

Also see linguistics in sign language.

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