Quexistentials in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)
Raquel Veiga Busto, Marco Degano, Floris Roelofsen
March 2024

This paper explores the morphology and the licensing conditions of a particular type of indefinite pronouns, namely those that are morphologically identical or closely related to question words. We refer to these forms as indefinite quexistentials. In this paper, we present the findings of two studies that investigate these forms in Catalan Sign Language (LSC). The first study is based on elicitation with three deaf LSC consultants, while the second consists of an online experiment which collected judgments from 50 deaf and hard-of-hearing signers of LSC. Our research identifies the semantic categories and the environments in which indefinite quexistentials are possible in LSC. This investigation contributes to the understanding of the indefinite-interrogative affinity, providing the first detailed description of indefinite quexistentials in a sign language.
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keywords: indefinite-interrogative affinity, quexistentials, elicitation, online experiment, catalan sign language, semantics
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