Sign Language and Linguistic Universals

ISBN-10: 0521483956
ISBN-13: 9780521483957
Edition: 2005
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Description: Sign languages are of great interest to linguists because, while they are produced by the same brain, their physical transmission differs greatly from that of spoken languages. Wendy Sandler and Diane Lillo-Martin compare spoken languages with those  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 572
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Sign languages are of great interest to linguists because, while they are produced by the same brain, their physical transmission differs greatly from that of spoken languages. Wendy Sandler and Diane Lillo-Martin compare spoken languages with those that are signed, in order to seek universal properties of human languages. No prior background in sign language linguistics is assumed, and numerous pictures are provided to make descriptions accessible to readers.

Wendy Sandler is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Introduction
One human language or two
Morphology
Morphology: introduction
Inflectional morphology
Derivational morphology
Classifier constructions
Entering the lexicon: lexicalization, back formation and cross-modal borrowing
Morphology: conclusion
Phonology
Meaningless linguistic elements and how they pattern
Sequentiality and simultaneity in sign language phonology
Hand configuration
Location: feature content and segmental status
The non-dominant hand in the sign language lexicon
Movement
Is there a syllable in sign language
Prosody
Phonology: theoretical implications
Syntax
Syntax: introduction
Clausal structure
Clausal structure across sign languages
Variations and extensions on basic sentence structures
Pronouns
Topic and focus
WH-questions
Syntax: summary and directions
Modality
The effects of modality: linguistic universals and sign language universals

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