Is Kenyan Sign Language a sister language of ASL?:An analysis of language nativity through comparison between KSL and ASL

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Abstract

<p>This study investigates lexicostatistical, phonological and morpho-syntactic features of Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) and compares them with those of ASL. It concludes that evidence shows KSL is not a sister language of ASL for three major reasons. The first reason is that core vocabulary cognates are only 13-22% between the two languages. The second reason is that there are phonological differences, especially those of H2 hand-shape distribution. The third reason is that there are morpho-syntactic differences, such as three arguments and word-order, between the two languages. The findings of the current research project should next be confirmed by comparative research between different sign languages in the area. We could have a newer view of KSL as a language developed with the nativity of signed languages in the whole of eastern Africa.</p>

Journal

  • Japanese Journal of Sign Language Studies

    Japanese Journal of Sign Language Studies 24(0), 17-30, 2015

    Japanese Association of Sign Linguistics

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130005252800
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    1884-3204
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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