Volume 24, Issue 2
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Sign languages have been reported to have manual signs that function as perfective morphemes (Fischer & Gough 1999Meir 1999Rathmann 2005Duffy 2007Zucchi et al. 2010). Turkish Sign Language (TİD) has also been claimed to have such morphemes (Zeshan 2003Kubuş & Rathmann 2009Dikyuva 2011Gökgöz 2011Karabüklü 2016) as well as a nonmanual marker (‘bn’) (Dikyuva 2011). This study shows that the nonmanual ‘bn’ is in fact a perfective morpheme. We examine its compatibility with different event types and furthermore show that TİD has a manual sign (‘finish’) that is indeed the completive marker but with possibly unusual restrictions on its use. Based on their distribution, the current study distinguishes and ‘bn’ as different morphemes even though they can co-occur. TİD is argued to be typologically different from other sign languages since it has both a nonmanual marker (‘bn’) for a perfective morpheme and a manual sign () with different selectional properties than the manual signs reported for other sign languages.


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