12.4 Neologisms

English Notes
BSL Video


What are Neologisms? These are new signs. In Sign Language there are new signs being created all the time, it is easy to do. In spoken language new words are created but it is much more difficult so it happens much less. Creating new signs attracts the audience. To create new signs shows a great skill. New signs can hold a lot of information. Language has a lot of rules, grammar, with new signs these rules are ‘bent’. New signs do not follow everyday language. They use very different handshapes and location also they are visually stunning and very strong. So how do you create neologisms? By using the productive lexicon. Productive signing can be visually very strong but it is vital and has a link to poetry; animal descriptions, behaviour and actions.


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