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.Read more
- The most comprehensive description and analysis of the linguistic structure of sign language to date
- Describes sign language in a way that is accessible to linguists with no prior knowledge about sign language
- Provides a novel tool for assessing the universality of language
Reviews & endorsements
'This book quite nicely fills a void long present in the sign linguistics literature. Most sign linguistics volumes have focused on one particular issue or theme … within just one sign language … the book is very reasonably priced, and you get quite a lot for your money … I recommend this book to linguists interested in learning more about sign languages. Given the overall theme, the book would be of particular interest to those studying language typology. I would also recommend this book to students who have some background in theoretical linguistics (particularly phonology and syntax), and to anyone who is interested in the nature of modality and human language.' Journal of Linguistics
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: February 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521483957
- length: 572 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 29 mm
- weight: 0.9kg
- contains: 414 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction:
1. One human language or two?
Part II. Morphology:
2. Morphology: introduction
3. Inflectional morphology
4. Derivational morphology
5. Classifier constructions
6. Entering the lexicon: lexicalization, back formation and cross-modal borrowing
7. Morphology: conclusion
Part III. Phonology:
8. Meaningless linguistic elements and how they pattern
9. Sequentiality and simultaneity in sign language phonology
10. Hand configuration
11. Location: feature content and segmental status
12. The non-dominant hand in the sign language lexicon
14. Is there a syllable in sign language?
16. Phonology: theoretical implications
Part IV. Syntax:
17. Syntax: introduction
18. Clausal structure
19. Clausal structure across sign languages
20. Variations and extensions on basic sentence structures
22. Topic and focus
24. Syntax: summary and directions
Part V. Modality:
25. The effects of modality: linguistic universals and sign language universals.
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email [email protected]Register Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×
Are you sure you want to delete your account?
This cannot be undone.
Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.
If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.×