The Linguistics of Sign Languages

Comparisons are also made with spoken languages. This book can be used as a self-study book or as a text book for students of sign linguistics.

Author: Anne Baker

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027267340

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 378

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How different are sign languages across the world? Are individual signs and signed sentences constructed in the same way across these languages? What are the rules for having a conversation in a sign language? How do children and adults learn a sign language? How are sign languages processed in the brain? These questions and many more are addressed in this introductory book on sign linguistics using examples from more than thirty different sign languages. Comparisons are also made with spoken languages. This book can be used as a self-study book or as a text book for students of sign linguistics. Each chapter concludes with a summary, some test-yourself questions and assignments, as well as a list of recommended texts for further reading. The book is accompanied by a website containing assignments, video clips and links to web resources.

The Linguistics of British Sign Language

This is the first textbook dealing specifically with British sign linguistics.

Author: Rachel Sutton-Spence

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521637183

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 299

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This is the first textbook dealing specifically with British sign linguistics. It provides essential support for learners of British Sign Language and others interested in the structure and use of BSL, and assumes no previous knowledge of linguistics and sign language. Technical terms and linguistic jargon are kept to a minimum. The book contains over three hundred illustrations and an index of signs and sign phrases. There are also exercises and a reading list for further independent study.

The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages

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Author: Ceil Lucas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794749

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 259

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Sign Languages

Offering an engaging and accessible introduction to sign languages, this book is essential reading for students studying this topic for the first time with little or no background in linguistics.

Author: Joseph C. Hill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429665148

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Sign Languages: Structures and Contexts provides a succinct summary of major findings in the linguistic study of natural sign languages. Focusing on American Sign Language (ASL), this book: offers a comprehensive introduction to the basic grammatical components of phonology, morphology, and syntax with examples and illustrations; demonstrates how sign languages are acquired by Deaf children with varying degrees of input during early development, including no input where children create a language of their own; discusses the contexts of sign languages, including how different varieties are formed and used, attitudes towards sign languages, and how language planning affects language use; is accompanied by e-resources, which host links to video clips. Offering an engaging and accessible introduction to sign languages, this book is essential reading for students studying this topic for the first time with little or no background in linguistics.

Sign Languages

Drawing on a wide range of examples, the book explores sign languages both old and young, from British, Italian, Asian and American to Israeli, Al-Sayyid Bedouin, African and Nicaraguan.

Author: Diane Brentari

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139487396

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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What are the unique characteristics of sign languages that make them so fascinating? What have recent researchers discovered about them, and what do these findings tell us about human language more generally? This thematic and geographic overview examines more than forty sign languages from around the world. It begins by investigating how sign languages have survived and been transmitted for generations, and then goes on to analyse the common characteristics shared by most sign languages: for example, how the use of the visual system affects grammatical structures. The final section describes the phenomena of language variation and change. Drawing on a wide range of examples, the book explores sign languages both old and young, from British, Italian, Asian and American to Israeli, Al-Sayyid Bedouin, African and Nicaraguan. Written in a clear, readable style, it is the essential reference for students and scholars working in sign language studies and deaf studies.

Linguistics of American Sign Language

New 4th Edition completely revised and updated with new DVD now available; ISBN 1-56368-283-4

Author: Clayton Valli

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 9781563680977

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 493

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New 4th Edition completely revised and updated with new DVD now available; ISBN 1-56368-283-4

Sign Languages in Village Communities

The book is a unique collection of research on sign languages that have emerged in rural communities with a high incidence of, often hereditary, deafness.

Author: Ulrike Zeshan

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 1614511497

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 420

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The book is a unique collection of research on sign languages that have emerged in rural communities with a high incidence of, often hereditary, deafness. These sign languages represent the latest addition to the comparative investigation of languages in the gestural modality, and the book is the first compilation of a substantial number of different "village sign languages". Written by leading experts in the field, the volume uniquely combines anthropological and linguistic insights, looking at both the social dynamics and the linguistic structures in these village communities. The book includes primary data from eleven different signing communities across the world, including results from Jamaica, India, Turkey, Thailand, and Bali. All known village sign languages are endangered, usually because of pressure from larger urban sign languages, and some have died out already. Ironically, it is often the success of the larger sign language communities in urban centres, their recognition and subsequent spread, which leads to the endangerment of these small minority sign languages. The book addresses this specific type of language endangerment, documentation strategies, and other ethical issues pertaining to these sign languages on the basis of first-hand experiences by Deaf fieldworkers.

British Sign Language

This first linguistic study of British Sign Language is written for students of linguistics, for deaf and hearing sign language researchers, for teachers and social workers for the deaf.

Author: Margaret Deuchar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113618824X

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 248

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This first linguistic study of British Sign Language is written for students of linguistics, for deaf and hearing sign language researchers, for teachers and social workers for the deaf. The author cross-refers to American Sign Language, which has usually been more extensively studied by linguists, and compares the two languages.

Sign Language and Linguistic Universals

This 2006 study compares sign languages with spoken languages, in order to seek their shared universal properties.

Author: Wendy Sandler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521483957

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 547

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This 2006 study compares sign languages with spoken languages, in order to seek their shared universal properties.

Signs and Structures

This book contains a selection of papers that could be thought of as a good representative sample of current trends in formal approaches to the study of sign language syntax.

Author: Paweł Rutkowski

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027268495

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 143

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As sign language linguistics has become an important and prodigious field of research in the last few decades, it comes as no surprise that the repertoire of methodological approaches to the study of the communication of the Deaf has also expanded considerably. While earlier work on sign languages was often focused on providing arguments for them being full-fledged linguistic systems, current debates do no longer center on whether visual-spatial grammars are worth being researched, but on how this type of research should be conducted. This book contains a selection of papers that could be thought of as a good representative sample of current trends in formal approaches to the study of sign language syntax. It illustrates how generative research on the communication of the Deaf may contribute to our understanding of the syntax of natural languages in general and indicates to what extent it is possible to integrate advances in the analysis of visual-spatial grammar with current spoken language research. Originally published in Sign Language & Linguistics 16:2 (2013).

Sign Language

The HSK handbook Sign Language aims to provide a concise and comprehensive overview of the state of the art in sign language linguistics.

Author: Roland Pfau

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110261324

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1138

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Sign language linguists show here that all questions relevant to the linguistic investigation of spoken languages can be asked about sign languages. Conversely, questions that sign language linguists consider - even if spoken language researchers have not asked them yet - should also be asked of spoken languages. The HSK handbook Sign Language aims to provide a concise and comprehensive overview of the state of the art in sign language linguistics. It includes 44 chapters, written by leading researchers in the field, that address issues in language typology, sign language grammar, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and language documentation and transcription. Crucially, all topics are presented in a way that makes them accessible to linguists who are not familiar with sign language linguistics.

Semiotics and Human Sign Languages

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Author: William C. Stokoe

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9789027920966

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 177

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Research Methods in Sign Language Studies

Integrating research on sign languages from Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa, this is an essential reference for any student or researcher who requires the most comprehensive and up-to-date information in the field.

Author: Eleni Orfanidou

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118271416

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Research Methods in Sign Language Studies is a landmark work on sign language research, which spans the fields of linguistics, experimental and developmental psychology, brain research, and language assessment. Examines a broad range of topics, including ethical and political issues, key methodologies, and the collection of linguistic, cognitive, neuroscientific, and neuropsychological data Provides tips and recommendations to improve research quality at all levels and encourages readers to approach the field from the perspective of diversity rather than disability Incorporates research on sign languages from Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa Brings together top researchers on the subject from around the world, including many who are themselves deaf

Grammar Gesture and Meaning in American Sign Language

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Author: Scott K. Liddell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521016506

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Sign Languages and Linguistic Citizenship

The book examines language policies on different scales, demonstrating how unofficial policies in the local deaf school and wider Yangon deaf community impact responses to higher level interventions, namely the 2007 government policy aimed ...

Author: Ellen Foote

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000298752

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

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This critical ethnographic account of the Yangon deaf community in Myanmar offers unique insights into the dynamics of a vibrant linguistic and cultural minority community in the region and also sheds further light on broader questions around language policy. The book examines language policies on different scales, demonstrating how unofficial policies in the local deaf school and wider Yangon deaf community impact responses to higher level interventions, namely the 2007 government policy aimed at unifying the country’s two sign languages. Foote highlights the need for a critical and interdisciplinary approach to the study of language policy, unpacking the interplay between language ideologies, power relations, political and moral interests and community conceptualisations of citizenship. The study’s findings are situated within wider theoretical debates within linguistic anthropology, questioning existing paradigms on the notion of linguistic authenticity and contributing to ongoing debates on the relationship between language policy and social justice. Offering an important new contribution to critical work on language policy, the book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and language education.

Australian Sign Language Auslan

This is first comprehensive introduction to the linguistics of Auslan, the sign language of Australia.

Author: Trevor Johnston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139459631

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This is first comprehensive introduction to the linguistics of Auslan, the sign language of Australia. Assuming no prior background in language study, it explores each key aspect of the structure of Auslan, providing an accessible overview of its grammar (how sentences are structured), phonology (the building blocks of signs), morphology (the structure of signs), lexicon (vocabulary), semantics (how meaning is created), and discourse (how Auslan is used in context). The authors also discuss a range of myths and misunderstandings about sign languages, provide an insight into the history and development of Auslan, and show how Auslan is related to other sign languages, such as those used in Britain, the USA and New Zealand. Complete with clear illustrations of the signs in use and useful further reading lists, this is an ideal resource for anyone interested in Auslan, as well as those seeking a clear, general introduction to sign language linguistics.

Sign Language in Action

This book defines the notion of applied sign linguistics by drawing on data from projects that have explored sign language in action in various domains.

Author: Jemina Napier

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137309776

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 339

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This book defines the notion of applied sign linguistics by drawing on data from projects that have explored sign language in action in various domains. The book gives professionals working with sign languages, signed language teachers and students, research students and their supervisors, authoritative access to current ideas and practice.

Simultaneity in Signed Languages

This volume has relevance for those interested in sign linguistics, in teaching and learning signed languages, and is also highly recommended to anyone interested in the fundamental underpinnings of human language and the effects of signed ...

Author: Myriam Vermeerbergen

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027247964

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 355

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Signed language users can draw on a range of articulators when expressing linguistic messages, including the hands, torso, eye gaze, and mouth. Sometimes these articulators work in tandem to produce one lexical item while in other instances they operate to convey different types of information simultaneously. Over the past fifteen years, there has been a growing interest in the issue of simultaneity in signed languages. However, this book is the first to offer a comprehensive treatment of this topic, presenting a collection of papers dealing with different aspects of simultaneity in a range of related and unrelated signed languages, in descriptive and cross-linguistic treatments which are set in different theoretical frameworks. This volume has relevance for those interested in sign linguistics, in teaching and learning signed languages, and is also highly recommended to anyone interested in the fundamental underpinnings of human language and the effects of signed versus spoken modality.

Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language

This volume provides a complete description of ASL variation. People from varying regions and backgrounds have different ways of saying the same thing.

Author: Professor of Lingusitics Ceil Lucas

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 9781563681134

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 237

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This volume provides a complete description of ASL variation. People from varying regions and backgrounds have different ways of saying the same thing. For example, in English some people say "test," while others say "tes'," dropping the final "t." Noted scholars Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, and Clayton Valli led a team of exceptional researchers in applying techniques for analyzing spoken language variation to ASL. Their observations at the phonological, lexical, morphological, and syntactic levels demonstrate that ASL variation correlates with many of the same driving social factors of spoken languages, including age, socioeconomic class, gender, ethnic background, region, and sexual orientation. Internal constraints that mandate variant choices for spoken languages have been compared to ASL as well, with intriguing results.

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

This 1988 book was the first full-length study ever to be published on the subject of sign language as a means of communication among Australian Aborigines.

Author: Adam Kendon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521360080

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 542

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This 1988 book was the first full-length study ever to be published on the subject of sign language as a means of communication among Australian Aborigines. Based on fieldwork conducted over a span of nine years, the volume presents a thorough analysis of the structure of sign languages and their relationship to spoken languages.