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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


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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      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
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      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