The clausal syntax of German Sign Language: A cartographic approach

Fabian Bross  


This book presents a hypothesis-based description of the clausal structure of German Sign Language (DGS). The structure of the book is based on the three clausal layers CP, IP/TP, and VoiceP. The main hypothesis is that scopal height is expressed iconically in sign languages: the higher the scope of an operator, the higher the articulator used for its expression. The book was written with two audiences in mind: On the one hand it addresses linguists interested in sign languages and on the other hand it addresses cartographers.


Author Biography

Fabian Bross

Fabian Bross studied German linguistics, German literature, phonetics and speech science, and geography at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Since 2014 he holds a position as a research assistant at the Linguistics Department at the University of Stuttgart where he successfully defended his dissertation in 2018. His main research interest is the syntax of German Sign Language.


September 6, 2019
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Bross, Fabian. 2019. The clausal syntax of German Sign Language: A cartographic approach. (Open Generative Syntax 4). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3560718


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