According to the authors, this list of 207 items stems directly from Morris Swadesh's work. However, since Swadesh himself never published a list of 207 items, it is more likely that they took the 207 items from one of those compilers who merged Swadeshs lists of 100 items and 200 items, such as, for example, the early list by Comrie (1977). In their paper, the authors investigate the iconicity of basic concepts in Chinese sign language. They distinguish three different degrees of iconicity: "strong" "weak" and "no" inonicity.
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