Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language

Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language

by Scott K. Liddell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521816203

ISBN-13: 9780521816205

Pub. Date: 06/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book focuses on American Sign Language to examine the grammatical and conceptual significance of these signs. It guides the reader through the various types of directional signs, the types of spatial representations signs are directed toward, how such spatial conceptions can be represented in mental space theory, and the conceptual purposes served by these signs.…  See more details below

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This book focuses on American Sign Language to examine the grammatical and conceptual significance of these signs. It guides the reader through the various types of directional signs, the types of spatial representations signs are directed toward, how such spatial conceptions can be represented in mental space theory, and the conceptual purposes served by these signs. The book explains how the pointing behavior of signs accomplishes functions that must be accomplished by any language, spoken or signed. It demonstrates a remarkable integration of grammar and gesture in the service of constructing meaning. These results also suggest that our concept of "language" has been much too narrow and that a more comprehensive look at vocally produced languages will reveal the same integration of gestural, gradient, and symbolic elements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521816205
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1American Sign Language as a language1
2A sketch of the grammar of ASL6
3Pronouns and real space66
4Indicating verbs and real space97
5Surrogates141
6Directing signs at locations and things176
7Tokens190
8Buoys223
9Depicting verbs261
10Five brothers317
11Grammar, gesture, and meaning355
Appendixes363
References368
General index377
Index of illustrated signs380

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