|SignWriting List Forum|
Bill Reese |
Date: Sun Jan 10, 1999 10:10 pm
Subject: Re: actors
You guys are going to educate me despite myself.
So then "don't know" in sign language is two symbols?
Let me amend what I've said before. Can we say that signwriting is
"similar" to Chinese characters or Japanese Kanji in that each is made
of component parts?
John Hill wrote:
> Now we are looking at this on a morphology level. THis is a negation
> (don't know), and other words such as "brother" is a compound word. If
> you seperate the word, you get two different words. If you have a
> compound word, it is considered as a single unit with a meaning of its
> own. If you have a negation, you add the negative bound morpheme to the
> word, "know", and this is not considered as a single unit. This is not on
> the phonology level.