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    Question Can you please explain it to me?

    Hi,
    I am not sure what the following sentence says;

    "Just as spoken languge has sequences of sounds that are not permitted in the language, so sign languages have forbidden combinations of features."

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    Re: Can you please explain it to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Hi,
    I am not sure what the following sentence says;

    "Just as spoken languge has sequences of sounds that are not permitted in the language, so sign languages have forbidden combinations of features."
    Just as the sound sequence 'sjqza' is not permitted in English, the signing sequence 'clapping your hands then standing on your head' is not permitted in Australian Sign Language used by deaf people.
    In any language, there are constraints on what is permitted by the structure of the language.

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    Re: Can you please explain it to me?

    Thank you, now I got it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Just as the sound sequence 'sjqza' is not permitted in English, the signing sequence 'clapping your hands then standing on your head' is not permitted in Australian Sign Language used by deaf people.
    In any language, there are constraints on what is permitted by the structure of the language.

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