Signs of Language

ISBN-10: 0674807960
ISBN-13: 9780674807969
Edition: 1979 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 429
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In a book with far-reaching implications, Edward S. Klima and Ursula Bellugi present a full exploration of a language in another mode--a language of the hands and of the eyes. They discuss the origin and development of American Sign Language, the internal structure of its basic units, the grammatical processes it employs, and its heightened use in poetry and wit. The authors draw on research, much of it by and with deaf people, to answer the crucial question of what is fundamental to language as language and what is determined by the mode (vocal or gestural) in which a language is produced.

Ursula Bellugi is the Director of the Laboratory for Language Studies at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Introduction
The Two Faces of Sign
Iconicity in Signs and Signing
Properties of Symbols in a Silent Language
Historical Change: From Iconic to Arbitrary
The Structure of The Sign
Remembering without Words: Manual Memory
Slips of The Hands
A Comparison of Chinese and American Signs
A Feature Analysis of Handshapes
The Rate of Speaking and Signing
Grammatical Processes
On The Creation of New Lexical Items by Compounding
Linguistic Expression of Category Levels
Aspectual Modulations on Adjectival Predicates
The Structured Use of Space and Movement: Morphological Processes
The Heightened Use of Language
Wit and Plays on Signs
Poetry and Song in a Language without Sound
Notation
Conventions Employed in Illustrations
Notes
References
Index

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