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A Reconsideration in terms of Orientation in Korean Sign Language

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2018, 61(), pp.169-195
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : September 30, 2018

Lee, Youngjae 1

1전주선화학교

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ABSTRACT

It has been over 35 years since Kim Seung-guk (1983) introduced the results of the study, which KSL is language, approaching from the point of view of language. In case of ASL, it has been already over 58 years since Stokoe (1960) published the linguistic results. Likewise in many other countries, there have been many results of studying the language of the native sign language which means each country has each sign language used among the Deaf. In spite of such studying, even signs phonological study seems to be still in its infancy that means it needs more and more studying. This study is about sign phonology, and parameters of the sign phonological units. The sign parameters are the basic unit of the Sign Language. The phonological parameters of signs are gathered and becomes a sign word what the phonemes are gathered and becomes syllables. There vary the theories and opinions of the phonological parameters of signs depending on scholars. All scholars agree on the necessary phonological parameters of signs that is constituted Handshape, Movement, and Location. However, there are also different theories and opinions whether Orientation and Non-manual signals(facial expression) are classified as the main parameters of signs‘s category. Here, I’m about to discuss Orientation. In chapter 3, there explaines how Orientation plays a distinctive role in a construction of word of sign language while summarizing previous researches regarding of the domestic and overseas on the phonological parameters of signs. In chapter 4, As presenting Orientation that are not distinctive, I explain the role of Orientation and the antonym role of Orientation in the agreement verbs and show that the meaning is unchangeable although Orientation is opposite each other when the dominant hand and non-dominant hand can be frequently changeable on the site of speech and they are changed. I state there are some aspects that the concept of minimum pair, which makes a great contribution to the phonological analysis in spoken linguistics, is not helpful on the research of Orientation. Also I bring up the necessity of introducing a new explanatory model that can explain the characteristics of sign language rather than the concept of minimum pair.

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