Observations on Regional Variants and Handshape Patterns of Six Signs in Filipino SignLanguage
Liza B. Martinez, Yvette A. Bernardo, Mary Jane S. Puson, & Rowella B. Tanjusay
Date of publication:
December 31, 2009
This paper examines the 94 variants of the signs ASO, BITUIN, BATO, BABOY, DAMO and MAT ALIM in Filipino Sign Language. The signs are part of the field data of the recent dictionary project of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf.
The variants are considered in relation to the gender, age, and location of the Deaf signers. The most widely used variants is determined for each lexical item. Phonological structure of the variants is also studied in the context of previously reported handshape patterns. Implications and recommendations for future research on historical reconstruction and language planning are presented.