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Signs Of Language / Edition 1
     

Signs Of Language / Edition 1

by Edward Klima, Ursula Bellugi
 

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ISBN-10: 0674807960

ISBN-13: 9780674807969

Pub. Date: 10/15/1988

Publisher: Harvard University Press


In a book with far-reaching implications, Edward S. Klima and Ursula Bellugi present a full exploration of a language in another mode--a language of the hands and of the eyes. They discuss the origin and development of American Sign Language, the internal structure of its basic units, the grammatical processes it employs, and its heightened use in poetry and wit.

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In a book with far-reaching implications, Edward S. Klima and Ursula Bellugi present a full exploration of a language in another mode--a language of the hands and of the eyes. They discuss the origin and development of American Sign Language, the internal structure of its basic units, the grammatical processes it employs, and its heightened use in poetry and wit. The authors draw on research, much of it by and with deaf people, to answer the crucial question of what is fundamental to language as language and what is determined by the mode (vocal or gestural) in which a language is produced.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674807969
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/1988
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: The Two Faces of Sign


1. Iconicity in Signs and Signing


2. Properties of Symbols in a Silent Language


3. Historical Change: From Iconic to Arbitrary

PART II: The Structure of the Sign


4. Remembering without Words: Manual Memory


5. Slips of the Hands


6. A Comparison of Chinese and American Signs


7. A Feature Analysis of Handshapes


8. The Rate of Speaking and Signing

PART III: Grammatical Processes


9. On the Creation of New Lexical Items by Compounding


10. Linguistic Expression of Category Levels


11. Aspectual Modulations on Adjectival Predicates


12. The Structured Use of Space and Movement: Morphological Processes

PART IV: The Heightened Use of Language


13. Wit and Plays on Signs


14. Poetry and Song in a Language without Sound

Appendix A:


Notation


Appendix B:


Conventions Employed in Illustrations


Notes


References


Index

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