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Motivated sign formation in Hieroglyphic Egyptian and German Sign Language (DGS). Towards a typology of iconic signs in visual linguistic systems

  • In Spoken Egyptian, the form of a linguistic sign is restricted by rules of root structure and consonant compatibility as well as word-formation patterns. Hieroglyphic Egyptian, however, displays additional principles of sign formation. Iconicity is one of the crucial features of a part of its sign inventory. In this article, hieroglyphic iconicity will be investigated by means of a preliminary comparative typology originally developed for German Sign Language (Kutscher 2010). The authors argue that patterns found in Egyptian hieroglyphic sign formation are systematically comparable to patterns of German Sign Language (DGS). These patterns determine what types of lexical meaning can be inferred from iconic linguistic signs.

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Author:Eliese-Sophia Lincke, Silvia Kutscher
Parent Title (English):Lexical Semantics in Ancient Egyptian
Series (Serial Number):Lingua Aegyptia : Studia monographica (9)
Place of publication:Hamburg
Editor:Eitan Grossman, Stéphane Polis, Jean Winand
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2012
Date of Publication (online):2015/01/28
GND Keyword:Deutsche Gebärdensprache (DGS); Hieroglyphe; Zeichensprache; Ägyptisch
First Page:113
Last Page:140
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 490 Andere Sprachen
Open Access?:ja
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt