Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsIn sign language there are two kinds of agreement: agreement with the grammatical person and agreement with the space. In agreement with the grammatical person, the direction and movement of the hands indicate who is the doer of the verb and who is the receiver. The sign of the verb itself incorporates this information depending on the direction the hands face. In some cases, the verbs whose form cannot be modified appear together with an auxiliary agreement sign which has the function of expressing who does the action and who receives it. Spatial agreement gives information of where the action is performed, thanks to the position and orientation of the hands and fingers in the space.

Verb agreement

In this video Santi discusses the two kinds of agreement in LSC: agreement with the grammatical person and agreement with the spatial location.

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Introduction to Catalan Sign Language: Speaking with Your Hands and Hearing with Your Eyes

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