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date: 05 August 2020

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This chapter presents a brief history and overview of the analysis of signed languages. Signed languages are natural human languages used by deaf people throughout the world. The authors describe the major milestones in the analysis of signed languages, including the study of duality of patterning and phonological structure; cognitive processes such a iconicity, metaphor, and metonymy as they appear in signed languages; grammaticalization; and the diachronic relation between gesture and signed language.

Keywords: signed language, iconicity, metaphor, metonymy, grammaticalization, gesture

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