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Pointing to the body: Kin signs in Australian Indigenous sign languages

Green, Jennifer; Bauer, Anastasia; Gaby, Alice; Ellis, Elizabeth


Kinship plays a central role in organizing interaction and other social behaviors in Indigenous Australia. The spoken lexicon of kinship has been the target of extensive consideration by anthropologists and linguists alike. Less well explored, however, are the kin categories expressed through sign languages (notwithstanding the pioneering work of Adam Kendon). This paper examines the relational categories codified by the kin signs of four language-speaking groups from different parts of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Gesture
DOI: 10.1075/gest.00009.gre


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