19.27 Internal Changes

English Notes
BSL Video
When there are new signs introduced to the language, usually after a time they are changed. This is not forced but occurs naturally. The sign changes to suit the phonological rules of a given language and often find that the rest of the community has also changed the sign so it matches phonological rules and is more ‘comfortable’ to produce. Examples; EURO and FAX (see clips). At first the sign for EURO didn’t feel right and didn’t match BSL’s phonological rules. When it was changed, it was more appropriate and felt more comfortable. This is also true for the sign FAX, before this sign was very formal and matched the action perfectly but now it has become more relaxed.
Back

Get the Flash Player to see this player.