Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction / Edition 5

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"Featuring a completely revised section on morphology and syntax, 18 new and updated readings, and new homework assignments based on the accompanying DVD, the fourth edition of Linguistics of American Sign Language expands its purview as the standard introduction to ASL linguistics available today." Updated references and expanded readings delineate all the fundamental linguistic concepts, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language use. The fourth edition also provides new homework assignments that correspond to the ASL stories signed on the course DVD enclosed with this new volume.
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An undergraduate text on American Sign Language (ASL) structure, covering phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language in use. Each unit provides an exercise requiring students to view and analyze a story on videotape. There is a 250-page section of supplemental readings. This third edition incorporates new findings in the field since 1995, and features discussion of the creation of iconic signs in ASL. Also new to this edition is discussion of the artistic forms of ASL, including storytelling, percussion signing, drama, comedy, and poetry. Valli formerly taught at Gallaudet University. Lucas teaches linguistics at Gallaudet University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563685071
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Edition description: Fifth edition, Completely Revised and Updated with New DVD
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 184,707
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Clayton Valli was Assistant Professor in the Master’s Interpreting Program at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

Ceil Lucas is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.

Kristin J. Mulrooney is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.

Miako Villanueva is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Basic concepts
Defining language 1
Pt. 2 Phonology
Unit 1 Signs have parts 17
Unit 2 The Stokoe system 23
Unit 3 The concept of sequentiality in the description of signs 28
Unit 4 The Liddell and Johnson movement - hold model 34
Unit 5 Phonological processes 40
Unit 6 Summary 44
Pt. 3 Morphology and syntax
Unit 1 Phonology vs. morphology 49
Unit 2 Deriving nouns from verbs in ASL 51
Unit 3 Compounds 56
Unit 4 Lexicalized fingerspelling and loan signs 62
Unit 5 Numeral incorporation 70
Unit 6 The function of space in ASL 74
Unit 7 Verbs in ASL 76
Unit 8 Simple sentences in ASL 84
Unit 9 Classifier predicates 90
Unit 10 Classifier predicates and signer perspective 100
Unit 11 Temporal aspect 105
Unit 12 Derivational vs. inflectional morphology 110
Unit 13 Syntax 113
Unit 14 Basic sentence types 127
Unit 15 Time in ASL 135
Pt. 4 Semantics
Unit 1 The meaning of individual signs 141
Unit 2 The meaning of sentences 152
Pt. 5 Language in use
Unit 1 Variation and historical change 161
Unit 2 ASL discourse 169
Unit 3 Bilingualism and language contact 177
Unit 4 Language as art 184
Pt. 6 Supplemental readings
Analyzing signs 193
File 1.1 Why study language? 213
File 1.2 Course objectives 215
File 1.3 "Good" language 218
File 1.4 Arbitrariness in language 224
Signs have parts : a simple idea 230
Introduction to A dictionary of American sign language 242
File 3.1 What is phonetics? 258
File 3.2 Representing speech sounds 260
File 4.1 What is phonology? 265
File 4.2 The value of sounds : phonemes 267
File 4.3 Phonological rules 273
American sign language : the phonological base 280
File 5.1 Morphology : words and word formation 320
File 5.3 The hierarchical structure of derived words 325
File 5.4 Morphological processes 328
The confluence of space and language in signed languages 336
Indicating verbs and pronouns : pointing away from agreement 365
Syntax : sentences and their structure 378
Syntax : the analysis of sentence structure 382
Semantics : the analysis of meaning 412
File 10.1 Introduction to language variation 440
File 10.2 Variation at different levels of linguistic structure 444
File 10.3 Language and socioeconomic status 446
Analyzing variation in sign languages : theoretical and methodological issues 451
Sociolinguistic aspects of the black deaf community 473
Variation : basic concepts 486
Discourse analysis 490
Language contact in the American deaf community 516
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