Utilização do espaço sintático numa língua gestual emergente: da amplificação para a redução?

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The observation, during two years (2013-2015), of the Sign Language of São Tomé and Príncipe, an emerging language, allowed us to understand that the signers begin with the use of a wide space at the level of the whole body and gradually pro- duce signs closer to the trunk and the space is decreasing. This process is probably universal and neurolinguistically motivated, is a search for linguistic economy and for less effort of energy in the articulation of the sign and in the use of the syntactic space.
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationLíngua Gestual Portuguesa e outras línguas de sinais
Subtitle of host publicationestudos linguísticos
EditorsCelda Morgado, Ana Maria Brito
Place of PublicationPorto
PublisherUniversidade do Porto
ISBN (Electronic)9789899082021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • São Tomé
  • Emergent sign language
  • Syntactic space
  • Search for economy

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