Language and modality: basics

  1. The specific gestures of a community can become linguistic signs in sign language.

  2. A gesture can be differentiated from a linguistic sign. It is is a paralinguistic element with expressive and affective properties.

  3. Linguistic signs are subject to grammar rules.

  4. Sign languages have greater potential for iconicity due to their visual-gestural modality.

  5. Iconicity is natural in and characteristic of all languages.

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