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Foreign Vocabulary in Sign Languages: A Cross-Linguistic Investigation of Word Formation
     

Foreign Vocabulary in Sign Languages: A Cross-Linguistic Investigation of Word Formation

by Diane Brentari
 

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ISBN-10: 0805832084

ISBN-13: 9780805832082

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book takes a close look at the ways that five sign languages borrow elements from the surrounding, dominant spoken language community where each is situated. It offers careful analyses of semantic,
morphosyntactic, and phonological adaption of forms taken from a source language (in this case a spoken language) to a recipient signed language. In addition, the

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This book takes a close look at the ways that five sign languages borrow elements from the surrounding, dominant spoken language community where each is situated. It offers careful analyses of semantic,
morphosyntactic, and phonological adaption of forms taken from a source language (in this case a spoken language) to a recipient signed language. In addition, the contributions contained in the volume examine the social attitudes and cultural values that play a role in this linguistic process. Since the cultural identity of Deaf communities is manifested most strongly in their sign languages, this topic is of interest for cultural and linguistic reasons. Linguists interested in phonology, morphology, word formation, bilingualism, and linguistic anthropology will find this an interesting set of cases of language contact. Interpreters and sign language teachers will also find a wealth of interesting facts about the sign languages of these diverse Deaf communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805832082
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsvi
Notational Conventionsvii
Introduction: Borrowed Elements in Sign Languages: A Window on Word Formationix
Chapter 1Functions of the Mouthing Component in the Signing of Deaf Early and Late Learners of Swiss German Sign Language1
Chapter 2Making Borrowings Work in British Sign Language49
Chapter 3Native and Foreign Vocabulary in American Sign Language: A Lexicon With Multiple Origins87
Chapter 4Typological and Modality Constraints on Borrowing: Examples From the Sign Language of the Netherlands121
Chapter 5The Adaptation of Loan Words in Quebec Sign Language: Multiple Sources, Multiple Processes139
Author Index175
Subject Index177

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