Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction / Edition 4

Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction / Edition 4

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Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction / Edition 4

Now, deaf students, hearing students in Deaf studies programs, and students in interpreter training programs will find all they need to understand the structure of American Sign Language (ASL) in the new, expanded and revised Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction. This unique resource presents authoritative readings on the most current linguistic concepts, including the fundamentals of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the use of language. Individual chapters on these basics have been designed to stimulate discussion about the ongoing development of ASL linguistic theory.

Linguistics of American Sign Language includes homework questions, themes for classroom interaction, and study sheets centering on a story signed in ASL on the course videotape. Each unit provides an exercise that requires students to view the story, then observe the use of specific signs isolated for close linguistic analysis, an invaluable process performed throughout the course.

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ISBN-13: 9781563682834
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2005
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionxi
Part 1Basic Concepts
Basic Concepts1
Part 2Phonology
Unit 1Signs Have Parts19
Unit 2The Stokoe System25
Unit 3The Concept of Sequentiality in the Description of Signs30
Unit 4The Movement-Hold Model37
Unit 5Phonological Processes42
Unit 6Summary47
Part 3Morphology
Unit 1Phonology vs. Morphology51
Unit 2Deriving Nouns from Verbs in ASL53
Unit 3Compounds58
Unit 4Lexicalized Fingerspelling and Loan Signs64
Unit 5Numeral Incorporation72
Unit 6The Function of Space in ASL76
Unit 7Classifier Predicates and Locative Verbs78
Unit 8Classifier Predicates and Signer Perspective88
Unit 9Subject-Object Agreement93
Unit 10Pronouns and Determiners101
Unit 11Temporal Aspect107
Unit 12Derivational and Inflectional Morphology112
Unit 13Time in ASL115
Part 4Syntax
Unit 1Definitions121
Unit 2Simple Sentences with Plain Verbs132
Unit 3Simple Sentences with Agreement Verbs136
Unit 4Basic Sentence Types139
Part 5Semantics
Unit 1The Meaning of Individual Signs149
Unit 2The Meaning of Sentences159
Part 6Language in Use
Unit 1Variation and Historical Change167
Unit 2ASL Discourse175
Unit 3Bilingualism and Language Contact183
Unit 4Language as Art190
Part 7Supplemental Readings
Analyzing Signs199
File 4Introduction: What Do You Know When You Know a Language219
File 5Introduction: Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Rules of Grammar223
File 6Introduction: Arbitrariness in Language226
Signs Have Parts: A Simple Idea231
Introduction from A Dictionary of American Sign Language243
File 20Phonetics: The Sounds of Speech259
File 30Phonology: The Value of Sounds: Phonemes262
American Sign Language: The Phonological Base267
File 40Morphology: The Minimal Units of Meaning: Morphemes307
File 42Morphology: The Hierarchical Structure of Words311
File 43Morphology: Word Formation Processes314
The Confluence of Space and Language in Signed Languages318
A Class of Determiners in ASL347
Syntax: Sentences and Their Structure354
Syntax: The Study of Sentence Structure358
Semantics: The Study of Meaning374
File 120Regional Variation: The Origin of American Dialects389
File 123Regional Variation: Variation at Different Levels392
Analyzing Variation in Sign Languages: Theoretical and Methodological Issues394
Sociolinguistic Aspects of the Black Deaf Community416
Toward a Description of Register Variation in American Sign Language429
Features of Discourse in an American Sign Language Lecture443
Language Contact in the American Deaf Community458

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