Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session




Pronouns in Mexican Sign Language (MSL) can be divided into two distinct classes: the manual pronouns, formed by configurations and movements of the hand, and the non-manual pronouns, formed by means of eye movements and body shifts which carry linguistic content. Within each class, several types of pronouns are found. This paper discusses the morphology of various types within each class and provides examples which illustrate their use in MSL discourse.

MSL speakers constitute a linguistic minority who are in frequent contact with a majority group using Spanish, the language of higher prestige in the society at large. An additional focus of this paper is thus the identification of the morphological and syntactic features of MSL pronouns which have resulted from extensive contact with the Spanish language.

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