13.5 Homonyms

English Notes
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Mouthings have manual homonyms. This is when one sign may have many different meanings in English, for example (see sign shown) this can mean ‘KING’ or ‘QUEEN’. You have to follow the mouthing to know which meaning is the right one. Sometimes the mouthing does not relate to the sign at all for example ‘DEAF YOU?’ Only one mouthing but two signs, this happens a lot. This happens in indexical signs such as ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘they’, or AREA. For example, ‘CORNWALL AREA’, one mouthing spreads over two signs.


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