9.8 English influence on BSL syntax

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English influence on BSL syntax

English often influences BSL sign order. This can be because signers know a lot of English and grew up using English so they feel comfortable using English word order but with BSL signs.

Signing produced on television (prompted by an autocue in English) is also noticeably influenced by English word order. This example comes from a Deaf signer presenting the mid-afternoon local television news.


‘…announced a campaign today’

Here the time marker has moved TODAY to the end of the sentence. BSL sentence-structure would demand TODAY ANNOUNCE CAMPAIGN.


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