The Emergence of Argument Structure in Two New Sign Languages*
The chapter investigates how a new language develops devices for marking argument structure, by investigating two young sign languages, Israeli Sign Language (ISL) and Al‐Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL) that emerged about seventy‐five years ago. At earlier stages, the two languages tend to avoid argument structure marking. However, later on they diverge, indicating that there is no one universal path for developing argument structure marking.
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