Interrogative clauses in LSC: content questions
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
Interrogative clauses in LSCCatalan 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
- Non-manual markers appear over the interrogative sign in the content question. However, in some cases non-manual marking can also spread over one or more preceding signs.
- Apart from non-manual marking, in LSC, we can also find different signs for each of the following interrogative signs: what, who, which, when, how much/many, where, how and why.
- Interrogative signs usually appear in the very last position of the clause. Exceptionally, interrogative signs can be omitted; in these cases, non-manual marking spreads over the entire clause and appears over each sign.
Introduction to Catalan Sign Language: Speaking with Your Hands and Hearing with Your Eyes
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