#ALL versus ALL in American Sign Language (ASL)

Margaret Ruth Crabtree, Ronnie B. Wilbur
2020 Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America  
This paper extends a visible pattern ('iconicity') that has been observed in sign language verbs and adjectives to quantification in American Sign Language (ASL). The Event Visibility Hypothesis (EVH) states that boundedness is morphophonologically encoded in articulation of a rapid deceleration of movement at the end of a sign (aka end-marking). Here the EVH is applied to the two ASL quantifiers glossed #ALL and ALL. Doing so accounts for the semantic distinction between them: ALL is definite
more » ... m: ALL is definite (bounded), whereas #ALL is underspecified for definiteness (unbounded).
doi:10.3765/plsa.v5i1.4761 fatcat:ufiotshexfao5a26fhein6f4fy