A Language in Space

Author: Irit Meir
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1136679855
Format: PDF, ePub
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This English version of A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language, which received the Bahat Award for most outstanding book for a general audience in its Hebrew edition, is an introduction to sign language using Israeli Sign Language

Sign Language

Author: Roland Pfau
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110261324
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

The Meaning of Space in Sign Language

Author: Gemma Barberà Altimira
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 1614518815
Format: PDF, ePub
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Bringing together sign language linguistics and the semantics-pragmatics interface, this book focuses on the use of signing space in Catalan Sign Language (LSC). On the basis of small-scale corpus data, it provides an exhaustive description of referential devices dependent on space. The book provides insight into the study of meaning in the visual-spatial modality and into our understanding of the discourse behavior of spatial locations.

Sign Language in Indo Pakistan

Author: Ulrike Zeshan
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9789027225634
Format: PDF, Docs
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To find a suitable framework for the description of a previously undocumented language is all the more challenging in the case of a signed language. In this book, for the first time, an indigenous Asian sign language used in deaf communities in India and Pakistan is described on all linguistically relevant levels. This grammatical sketch aims at providing a concise yet comprehensive picture of the language. It covers a substantial part of Indopakistani Sign Language grammar. Topics discussed range from properties of individual signs to principles of discourse organization. Important aspects of morphological structure and syntactic regularities are summarized. Finally, sign language specific grammatical mechanisms such as spatially realized syntax and the use of facial expressions also figure prominently in this book. A 300-word dictionary with graphic representations of signs and a transcribed sample text complement the grammatical description. The cross-linguistic study of signed languages is only just beginning. Descriptive materials such as the ones presented in this book provide the necessary starting point for further empirical and theoretical research in this direction.

Talking Hands

Author: Margalit Fox
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN:
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Documents life in a remote Bedouin village in Israel whose residents communicate through a unique method of sign language used by both hearing and non-hearing citizens, in an account that offers insight into the relationship between language and the human mind. 35,000 first printing.

Signed Languages

Author: Valerie Dively
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
ISBN: 9781563681066
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"This collection presents the research from the sixth Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research conference in 1998. Divided into six sections, it focuses on previously ignored international signed languages. Part One addresses articulatory constraints and the signed language of the Netherlands. In Part Two, researchers tackle noun classifiers, nonhanded signs, and verb classes in the signed languages of Sweden, the United States, and Israel. Part Three, Psycholinguistics, offers the study, "Functional Consequences of Modality: Spatial Coding in Working Memory for Signs."" "Language acquisition is analyzed in both adult learners and deaf children in Part Four. Part Five studies the relationship between language and society around the world, concentrating on the signed languages of Venezuela and northern Nigeria. Part Six considers the techniques employed in British Sign Language poetry and ASL poetry. Signed Languages sets the standard for current signed language research, becoming an essential resource for every linguist's and Deaf studies scholar's library."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Seeing Language in Sign

Author: Jane Maher
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
ISBN: 9781563680533
Format: PDF, ePub
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In 1995 William C. Stokoe arrived at Gallaudet College (later Gallaudet University) to teach English, specifically Chaucer. His own education in Old and Middle English, however, triggered a disparate response within him when he was first exposed to deaf people signing. While most of his colleagues conformed to current conventional theory and dismissed signing as mere mimicry of speech, Stokoe saw in it elements of a distinctive language all its own. Seeing Language in Sign traces the process that Stokoe followed to prove scientifically and unequivocally that American Sign Language (ASL) met the full criteria of linguistics - phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and use of language - to be classified a fully developed language. This perceptive account dramatically captures the struggle Stokoe faced in persuading the establishment of the truth of his discovery. Other faculty members ridiculed or reviled him, and many deaf members of the Gallaudet community laughed at his efforts. Seeing Language in Sign rewards the reader with a rich portrayal of an undaunted advocate who, like a latter-day Galileo, pursued his vision of doggedly regardless of relentless antagonism. He established the Linguistics Research Laboratory, then founded the journal Sign Language Studies to sustain an unpopular dialogue until the tide changed. His ultimate vindication corresponded with the recognition of the glorious culture and community that revolves around Deaf people and their language, American Sign Language.