Language Contact in the American Deaf Community

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Started in 1986 as a project to simply describe the linguistic and sociolinguistic features of contact signing and to determine if this type of signing is aptly labeled a pidgin, this book blossomed in depth as the authors' data increased. The initial narrow goals of the book expanded and now project a much larger picture of language contact in the American deaf community. "We were forced...to consider issues somewhat broader than those addressed by the (initial) project," writes Lucas in the preface. The result is a superbly-researched text, documenting the tireless efforts of Lucas and Valli over the last six years. Included in the book is a model of linguistic outcomes of language contact in the deaf community, the patterns of language use which emerged from the data, and the implications of the findings on deaf education, second language teaching, and interpreting.

Key Features
* Describes language contact in the deaf community within the larger context of studies of language contact
* Reviews current issues and research on language contact
* Re-examines claims that the outcome of language contact in the deaf community is a pidgin
* Demonstrates what is unique about language contact in the deaf community based on analysis of videotaped data
* Discusses the educational and teaching implications of findings with regard to language contact in the deaf community

Audience: Academics and advanced students in linguistics and sociolinguistics as well as sign language instructors and other professionals and educators working with the deaf.

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What began as a simple linguistic treatment of "contact signing," considered a pidgin of American Sign Language and English, grew into a broad study of the language sophistication of deaf people, including explorations of what language or combinations of languages they use in various situations, the vocabulary and syntax borrowing, when a language becomes itself rather than a merging of others, and other topics. Assumes no knowledge of ASL or advanced linguistics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124580404
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/19/1992
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

What Happens When Languages Come In Contact
Taking Another Look at Language Contact in the Deaf Community
Contact Signing in the Context of Language Contact Studies
Postscript: Implications for Second Language Learning and Teaching
Interpreting, and Deaf Education
Appendix I: Judgment Percentages
Appendix II: Transcripts of Videotaped Segments
Bibliography
Index
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