Linguistics of American Sign Language An Introduction

ISBN-10: 1563682834
ISBN-13: 9781563682834
Edition: 4th 2005
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Description: Featuring a completely revised section on morphology and syntax, 18 new and updated readings, and new homework assignments based on the accompanying DVD, the fourth edition ofLinguistics of American Sign Languageexpands its purview as the standard  More...

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List price: $75.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Publication date: 8/15/2005
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 560
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.772
Language: English

Featuring a completely revised section on morphology and syntax, 18 new and updated readings, and new homework assignments based on the accompanying DVD, the fourth edition ofLinguistics of American Sign Languageexpands its purview as the standard introduction to ASL linguistics available today. The newly revised section offers new units on verbs in ASL, simple sentences in ASL, classifier predicates, syntax, and basic sentence types. The fourth edition also features groundbreaking research on iconic signs in ASL and the relationship between metaphor and iconicity in signed languages; variation in ASL; the different functions of space in ASL; and the artistic forms of ASL, including storytelling, percussion signing, drama, comedy, and poetry. Updated references and expanded readings delineate all of the linguistic basics, including phonology, semantics, and language use. The fourth edition also provides new homework assignments that correspond to the ASL stories signed on the special DVD enclosed with this new volume.

Stephen Brownserves as production assistant for these products--he has already served that role for the above-mentioned series in Japanese, Arabic, and Irish products. He is a senior physicist at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University and a registered nurse. Ceil Lucasis a sociolinguist and professor of linguistics at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, where she has also been a teacher of Italian since 1973. She is the series editor for the same kind of materials for Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese and Arabic for the Yale University Press Conversations with Native Speakers series and the coordinator for the An Gaeilge Bheo/Living Irish materials published by McGraw-Hill.

Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Basic Concepts
Basic Concepts
Phonology
Signs Have Parts
The Stokoe System
The Concept of Sequentiality in the Description of Signs
The Movement-Hold Model
Phonological Processes
Summary
Morphology
Phonology vs. Morphology
Deriving Nouns from Verbs in ASL
Compounds
Lexicalized Fingerspelling and Loan Signs
Numeral Incorporation
The Function of Space in ASL
Classifier Predicates and Locative Verbs
Classifier Predicates and Signer Perspective
Subject-Object Agreement
Pronouns and Determiners
Temporal Aspect
Derivational and Inflectional Morphology
Time in ASL
Syntax
Definitions
Simple Sentences with Plain Verbs
Simple Sentences with Agreement Verbs
Basic Sentence Types
Semantics
The Meaning of Individual Signs
The Meaning of Sentences
Language in Use
Variation and Historical Change
ASL Discourse
Bilingualism and Language Contact
Language as Art
Supplemental Readings
Analyzing Signs
Introduction: What Do You Know When You Know a Language
Introduction: Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Rules of Grammar
Introduction: Arbitrariness in Language
Signs Have Parts: A Simple Idea
Introduction from A Dictionary of American Sign Language
Phonetics: The Sounds of Speech
Phonology: The Value of Sounds: Phonemes
American Sign Language: The Phonological Base
Morphology: The Minimal Units of Meaning: Morphemes
Morphology: The Hierarchical Structure of Words
Morphology: Word Formation Processes
The Confluence of Space and Language in Signed Languages
A Class of Determiners in ASL
Syntax: Sentences and Their Structure
Syntax: The Study of Sentence Structure
Semantics: The Study of Meaning
Regional Variation: The Origin of American Dialects
Regional Variation: Variation at Different Levels
Analyzing Variation in Sign Languages: Theoretical and Methodological Issues
Sociolinguistic Aspects of the Black Deaf Community
Toward a Description of Register Variation in American Sign Language
Features of Discourse in an American Sign Language Lecture
Language Contact in the American Deaf Community

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