Language, Gesture, and Space / Edition 1

Language, Gesture, and Space / Edition 1

by Karen Emmorey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805813780

ISBN-13: 9780805813784

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book brings together papers which address a range of issues regarding the nature and structure of sign languages and other gestural systems, and how they exploit the space in which they are conveyed. The chapters focus on five pertinent areas reflecting different, but related research topics:

• space in language and gesture,

• point of view

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Overview

This book brings together papers which address a range of issues regarding the nature and structure of sign languages and other gestural systems, and how they exploit the space in which they are conveyed. The chapters focus on five pertinent areas reflecting different, but related research topics:

• space in language and gesture,

• point of view and referential shift,

• morphosyntax of verbs in ASL,

• gestural systems and sign language, and

• language acquisition and gesture.

Sign languages and gestural systems are produced in physical space; they manipulate spatial contrasts for linguistic and communicative purposes. In addition to exploring the different functions of space, researchers discuss similarities and differences between visual-gestural systems — established sign languages, pidgin sign language (International Sign), "homesign" systems developed by deaf children with no sign language input, novel gesture systems invented by hearing nonsigners, and the gesticulation that accompanies speech. The development of gesture and sign language in children is also examined in both hearing and deaf children, charting the emergence of gesture ("manual babbling"), its use as a prelinguistic communicative device, and its transformation into language-like systems in homesigners. Finally, theoretical linguistic accounts of the structure of sign languages are provided in chapters dealing with the analysis of referential shift, the structure of narrative, the analysis of tense and the structure of the verb phrase in American Sign Language. Taken together, the chapters in this volume present a comprehensive picture of sign language and gesture research from a group of international scholars who investigate a range of communicative systems from formal sign languages to the gesticulation that accompanies speech.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805813784
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
1Theoretical Issues Relating Language, Gesture, and Space: An Overview1
2Real, Surrogate, and Token Space: Grammatical Consequences in ASL19
3Differential Processing of Topographic and Referential Functions of Space43
4Right Brain and Gesture63
5Spatial Mapping in Comparative Discourse Frames87
6On Narrative Discourse and Point of View in Quebec Sign Language117
7Point of View Expressed Through Shifters133
8The Point of View Predicate in American Sign Language155
9Line Segmentation and Narrative Structure: A Study of Eyegaze Behavior in American Sign Language171
10A Crosslinguistic Perspective on ASL Verb Agreement195
11Lexical Tense Markers in American Sign Language225
12Morpho-Syntactic Structure of Aspect and Number Inflections in ASL255
13The Cataclysmic Break Between Gesticulation and Sign: Evidence Against a Unified Continuum of Gestural Communication287
14The Genesis of Language: How Much Time Is Needed to Generate Arbitrary Symbols in a Sign System?313
15The Grammar of International Sign: A New Look at Pidgin Languages333
16Mental Phonology and Language Comprehension, or What Does That Sign Mistake Mean?355
17When Do Modality Factors Affect the Course of Language Acquisition?371
18Prelinguistic Gesture in Deaf and Hearing Infants391
19The Resilience of Language: Mother-Child Interaction and Its Effect on the Gesture Systems of Chinese and American Deaf Children411
Author Index435
Subject Index443

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