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Sign Language and Linguistic Universals - Wendy Sandler

Sign Language and Linguistic Universals

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Published: 27th February 2006
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Sign languages are of great interest to linguists, because while they are the product of the same brain, their physical transmission differs greatly from that of spoken languages. In this pioneering and original study, Wendy Sandler and Diane Lillo-Martin compare sign languages with spoken languages, in order to seek the universal properties they share. Drawing on general linguistic theory, they describe and analyze sign language structure, showing linguistic universals in the phonology, morphology, and syntax of sign language, while also revealing non-universal aspects of its structure that must be attributed to its physical transmission system. No prior background in sign language linguistics is assumed, and numerous pictures are provided to make descriptions of signs and facial expressions accessible to readers. Engaging and informative, Sign Language and Linguistic Universals will be invaluable to linguists, psychologists, and all those interested in sign languages, linguistic theory and the universal properties of human languages.

'This book quite nicely fills a void long present in the sign linguistics literature. Most sign linguistics volumes have focused on one particular issue or theme ... within just one sign language ... the book is very reasonably priced, and you get quite a lot for your money ... I recommend this book to linguists interested in learning more about sign languages. Given the overall theme, the book would be of particular interest to those studying language typology. I would also recommend this book to students who have some background in theoretical linguistics (particularly phonology and syntax), and to anyone who is interested in the nature of modality and human language.' Journal of Linguistics

Introduction
One human language or two
Morphology
Morphology: introduction
Inflectional morphology
Derivational morphology
Classifier constructions
Entering the lexicon: lexicalization, back formation and cross-modal borrowing
Morphology: conclusion
Phonology
Meaningless linguistic elements and how they pattern
Sequentiality and simultaneity in sign language phonology
Hand configuration
Location: feature content and segmental status
The non-dominant hand in the sign language lexicon
Movement
Is there a syllable in sign language
Prosody
Phonology: theoretical implications
Syntax
Syntax: introduction
Clausal structure
Clausal structure across sign languages
Variations and extensions on basic sentence structures
Pronouns
Topic and focus
WH-questions
Syntax: summary and directions
Modality
The effects of modality: linguistic universals and sign language universals
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ISBN: 9780521483957
ISBN-10: 0521483956
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 572
Published: 27th February 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.9