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Diane Brentari, Penny Boyes Braem, Christian Rathmann, Claire Ramsey, David Quinto-Pozos, Brita Bergman, Elisabeth Engberg Pedersen, Josep Quer, Galini Sapountzaki, Laura Mazzoni, Dorothy Lule, Lars Wallin, Piotr Wojda, Harry van der Hulst, Rachel Channon, Gaurav Mathur, Sandro Zucchi, Carol Neidle, Carlo Geraci, Quinn Duffy, Carlo Cecchetto, Ronice Müller de Quadros, Diane Lillo-Martin, Petra Eccarius, Tommi Jantunen, Ritva Takkinen, Sherman Wilcox, Paolo Rossini, Elena Pizzuto, Ronnie Wilbur, Roland Pfau, Victoria Nyst, Kinda Al-Fityani, Carol Padden, Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, Adam Schembri, Kearsy Cormier, Trevor Johnston, David McKee, Rachel McKee, Bencie Woll, Susan Fischer, Qunhu Gong, Gladys Tang, Carolina González, Felix Sze, Marie Coppola, Anne Senghas, Carol Padden, Irit Meir, Mark Aronoff, Wendy Sandler
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  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521883702

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  • What are the unique characteristics of sign languages that make them so fascinating? What have recent researchers discovered about them, and what do these findings tell us about human language more generally? This thematic and geographic overview examines more than forty sign languages from around the world. It begins by investigating how sign languages have survived and been transmitted for generations, and then goes on to analyse the common characteristics shared by most sign languages: for example, how the use of the visual system affects grammatical structures. The final section describes the phenomena of language variation and change. Drawing on a wide range of examples, the book explores sign languages both old and young, from British, Italian, Asian and American to Israeli, Al-Sayyid Bedouin, African and Nicaraguan. Written in a clear, readable style, it is the essential reference for students and scholars working in sign language studies and deaf studies.

    • The best overview on the market - covers more than forty sign languages
    • Describes recent explosive findings by researchers, including the discovery of newly created sign languages such as Nicaraguan
    • Explores new and innovative ways of looking at deaf culture
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    "William Stokoe, who was the first to linguistically describe American Sign Language and who started a revolution in linguistics, would have appreciated and enjoyed this book." --Choice

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    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521883702
    • length: 714 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.25kg
    • contains: 166 b/w illus. 32 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Diane Brentari
    Part I. History and Transmission:
    2. Transmission of sign languages in northern Europe Penny Boyes Braem and Christian Rathmann
    3. Transmission of sign languages in Latin America Claire Ramsey and David Quinto-Pozos
    4. Transmission of sign languages in the Nordic countries Brita Bergman and Elisabeth Engberg Pedersen
    5. Transmission of sign languages in Mediterranean Europe Josep Quer, Galini Sapountzaki and Laura Mazzoni
    6. Transmission of sign languages in Africa Dorothy Lule and Lars Wallin
    7. Transmission of Polish sign systems Piotr Wojda
    Part II. Shared Crosslinguistic Characteristics:
    8. Notation systems Harry van der Hulst and Rachel Channon
    9. Verb agreement in sign language morphology Gaurav Mathur and Christian Rathmann
    10. Functional markers in sign languages Sandro Zucchi, Carol Neidle, Carlo Geraci, Quinn Duffy and Carlo Cecchetto
    11. Clause structure Ronice Müller de Quadros and Diane Lillo-Martin
    12. Factors that form classifier signs Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen
    13. Handshape contrasts in sign language phonology Diane Brentari and Petra Eccarius
    14. Syllable structure in sign language phonology Tommi Jantunen and Ritva Takkinen
    15. Grammaticalization in sign languages Sherman Wilcox, Paolo Rossini and Elena Pizzuto
    16. The semantics-phonology interface Ronnie Wilbur
    17. Nonmanuals: their prosodic and grammatical roles Roland Pfau and Josep Quer
    Part III. Variation and Change:
    18. Sign language varieties in West Africa Victoria Nyst
    19. Sign languages in the Arab world Kinda Al-Fityani and Carol Padden
    20. Variation in American sign language Ceil Lucas and Robert Bayley
    21. Sociolinguistic variation in British, Australian, and New Zealand sign language Adam Schembri, Kearsy Cormier, Trevor Johnston, David McKee, Rachel McKee and Bencie Woll
    22. Variation in East Asian sign language structures Susan Fischer and Qunhu Gong
    23. Crosslinguistic variation in prosodic cues Gladys Tang, Diane Brentari, Carolina González and Felix Sze
    24. Deixis in an emerging sign language Marie Coppola and Anne Senghas
    25. The grammar of space in two new sign languages Carol Padden, Irit Meir, Mark Aronoff and Wendy Sandler.

  • Editor

    Diane Brentari, Purdue University, Indiana
    Diane Brentari is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the ASL Program at Purdue University. She is the author of A Prosodic Model of Sign Language Phonology (1998) and has published widely in the area of sign language phonology and morphology. Her current research involves the crosslinguistic analyses of sign languages.

    Contributors

    Diane Brentari, Penny Boyes Braem, Christian Rathmann, Claire Ramsey, David Quinto-Pozos, Brita Bergman, Elisabeth Engberg Pedersen, Josep Quer, Galini Sapountzaki, Laura Mazzoni, Dorothy Lule, Lars Wallin, Piotr Wojda, Harry van der Hulst, Rachel Channon, Gaurav Mathur, Sandro Zucchi, Carol Neidle, Carlo Geraci, Quinn Duffy, Carlo Cecchetto, Ronice Müller de Quadros, Diane Lillo-Martin, Petra Eccarius, Tommi Jantunen, Ritva Takkinen, Sherman Wilcox, Paolo Rossini, Elena Pizzuto, Ronnie Wilbur, Roland Pfau, Victoria Nyst, Kinda Al-Fityani, Carol Padden, Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, Adam Schembri, Kearsy Cormier, Trevor Johnston, David McKee, Rachel McKee, Bencie Woll, Susan Fischer, Qunhu Gong, Gladys Tang, Carolina González, Felix Sze, Marie Coppola, Anne Senghas, Carol Padden, Irit Meir, Mark Aronoff, Wendy Sandler

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