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Australian Sign Language (Auslan) : An Introduction to Sign Language Linguistics - Trevor Johnston

Australian Sign Language (Auslan)

An Introduction to Sign Language Linguistics

Paperback

Published: 18th January 2007
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This is first comprehensive introduction to the linguistics of Auslan, the sign language of Australia. Assuming no prior background in language study, it explores each key aspect of the structure of Auslan, providing an accessible overview of its grammar (how sentences are structured), phonology (the building blocks of signs), morphology (the structure of signs), lexicon (vocabulary), semantics (how meaning is created), and discourse (how Auslan is used in context). The authors also discuss a range of myths and misunderstandings about sign languages, provide an insight into the history and development of Auslan, and show how Auslan is related to other sign languages, such as those used in Britain, the USA and New Zealand. Complete with clear illustrations of the signs in use and useful further reading lists, this is an ideal resource for anyone interested in Auslan, as well as those seeking a clear, general introduction to sign language linguistics.

About the Author

Trevor Johnston is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University. Adam Schembri is Senior Research Fellow at the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London.

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Latin is easier to understand

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      Comments about Australian Sign Language (Auslan):

      This book is required reading for the Auslan course but I found it bogged down in the authors' need to explain everything in as complicated a way as possible. A lot of overly involved explanation which tangles the actual meaning in a mish-mash of needless vocabulary that needs to be read many times to get the gist.

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      Excellent book.

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          Comments about Australian Sign Language (Auslan):

          A very thorough treatment of the subject. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Auslan.

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          Signed languages and linguistics
          Auslan in social context
          Auslan and other signed languages
          Phonetics and phonology: the building blocks of signs
          Morphology: sign formation and modification
          Lexicon: the structure of Auslan vocabulary
          Syntax: the structure of sentences in Auslan
          Semantics and pragmatics: sign meaning and sentence meaning
          Discourse: structure and use above the sentence
          Issues in the study of signed languages
          Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

          ISBN: 9780521540568
          ISBN-10: 0521540569
          Audience: Professional
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 332
          Published: 18th January 2007
          Publisher: Cambridge University Press
          Country of Publication: GB
          Dimensions (cm): 18.6 x 15.1  x 2.0
          Weight (kg): 0.49