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Instrument syntactic realization in Italian and LIS

A cross-modal comparative study and implications for interpreting practice

Lara Mantovan    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Alice Suozzi    Università Ca' Foscari Venezia    

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abstract

This study compares how instruments are syntactically realized in Italian and LIS, using a cross-modal comparative approach. In Italian, Instruments are syntactically realized only when they are not recoverable from the verb. Three Instrument types are identified: shadow, default, and open. Only shadow Instruments are incorporated into the verbal root. As for LIS, our analysis reveals that shadow Instruments are preferred and finer-grained compared to Italian, probably due to visual modality. This has implications for Italian-to-LIS interpretation, as interpreters might make a wrong choice when Italian does not specify, but LIS requires a shadow Instrument.

Published
Oct. 30, 2023
Accepted
June 22, 2023
Submitted
April 6, 2023
Language
EN

Keywords: Semantic incorporationItalianInstrumentsItalian Sign LanguageSemantic recoverability

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