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Interrogative clauses in LSC: content questions

Interrogative clauses in LSC. Content questions
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What distinguishes a question from other clauses?

Interrogative clauses are distinguished from declaratives due to the non-manual marking. Non-manual marking can consist of:
  • Facial expression
  • Movement and position of the upper body: torso, body and head
A non-manual marker is the equivalent of intonation for oral languages.

Interrogative clauses in LSC

Catalan Sign Language, like all languages, has a specific type of clause used for asking questions. In LSC, we can distinguish two types of interrogative clauses, according to the type of answer we can obtain: yes/no questions (polar questions) and questions with open answer (content questions).

Formal characteristics of content questions

In the upcoming steps we will come into more detail on how to ask questions in LSC, with an interrogative sign (next step) and without an interrogative sign (next week).
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