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1. Siyavoshi, Sara. THE EXPRESSION OF MODALITY IN IRANIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ZEI).

Degree: Department of Linguistics, 2019, University of New Mexico

This dissertation uses data from Zaban Eshareh Irani, Iranian Sign Language, to investigate the linguistic strategies for the expression of modality in this language. Manual and facial markers of modality are recognized and analyzed based on their form and the semantic domain each covers. Vander Auwera and Plungian (1998) offered a semantic map for categorization of different modals across languages. According to their framework, modality can be classified into two vast domains of possibility and necessity. Based on the source of the modal force then, each modality domain is categorized into three groups of participant-external, participant-internal and epistemic. In this dissertation, ZEI modal markers are discussed based on different discursive contexts in which they appear, and then categorized within Van der Auwera and Plungian (1998) framework. Apart from a discursive semantic analysis of ZEI modals, I try to develop a cognitive approach towards understanding facial channel in signed languages as opposed to the manual one. Facial markers have always been analyzed as important parts of signed languages' grammar. Three distinct facial markers are explained as markers of modality, both with and without accompanying a manual marker. Applying a cognitive grammar approach to modality (Langacker 1991, 2008, 2013), I show that facial markers are the main indicators of epistemic modality in ZEI. Facial markers are also involved in non-epistemic (effective) modality, for example by marking the degree of modality force. Advisors/Committee Members: Sherman Wilcox, Melissa Axelrod, Barbara Shaffer, André Xavier.

Subjects/Keywords: Sign Linguistics; Modality; Iranian Sign Language; ZEI; Facial markers; Linguistics; Modern Languages; Sign Languages

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APA (6th Edition):

Siyavoshi, S. (2019). THE EXPRESSION OF MODALITY IN IRANIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ZEI). (Doctoral Dissertation). University of New Mexico. Retrieved from https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ling_etds/62

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Siyavoshi, Sara. “THE EXPRESSION OF MODALITY IN IRANIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ZEI).” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, University of New Mexico. Accessed December 05, 2019. https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ling_etds/62.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Siyavoshi, Sara. “THE EXPRESSION OF MODALITY IN IRANIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ZEI).” 2019. Web. 05 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Siyavoshi S. THE EXPRESSION OF MODALITY IN IRANIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ZEI). [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of New Mexico; 2019. [cited 2019 Dec 05]. Available from: https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ling_etds/62.

Council of Science Editors:

Siyavoshi S. THE EXPRESSION OF MODALITY IN IRANIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ZEI). [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of New Mexico; 2019. Available from: https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ling_etds/62

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