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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 secondsCatalan Sign Language has a highly extensive vocabulary and a large number of signs.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 secondsThese signs are divided into two groups: iconic signs and non-iconic -or arbitrary- signs. For example, in the first group the signs "table", "house", "tree", "vote" have the same form as the concepts they represent, in other words, the sign and form of these concepts are closely related. However, in the other group, the arbitrary signs, there is no relation between the sign and the form, like for example, "easy", "difficult", "morning", "evening".

Signs can be arbitrary or iconic

In this video, Santi explains the difference between arbitrary and iconic signs.

Can you think of some examples of each type of sign? Post them in the Comments.

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

Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

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