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Sign Language : The Study of Deaf People and their Language - Jim G. Kyle

Sign Language

The Study of Deaf People and their Language

Paperback Published: 2nd May 1988
ISBN: 9780521357173
Number Of Pages: 328

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This book provides a study of the communication and culture of deaf people, particularly among a community of the deaf in Britain. The authors' goal is to inform educators, psychologists, linguists, and professionals working with deaf people about the rich language the deaf have developed for themselves--a language of movement and space, of the hands and the eyes, of abstract communication as well as iconic story-telling. Early chapters discuss the history of sign language use, its social aspects and the issues surrounding the language acquisition of deaf children. The book's core examines the linguistic and psychological study of British Sign Language and compares and contrasts it with other signed languages. The book concludes with an examination of the applications of sign language research, particularly to education.

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'There is a deplorable lack of books which relate the language questions of hearing-impairment to sound linguistic study in the wider field of general language development. However, [in Sign Language] we have such a book which is to be commended for its rooting in linguistic theory, linguistic writings and linguistic research ... Its recognition that this field can only be properly tackled on an international basis is one that will profit the reader and increase the outlook of serious students. Similarly the book should encourage further examination of minority languages and minority language learning together with mother-tongue language studies, both fertile fields of modern educators of deaf children ... This is a book to buy. Overlooking, or neglecting it, would be to fail to recognise its general excellence.' Journal of the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The deaf communityp. 5
British Sign Languagep. 24
Historical aspects of BSLp. 37
Sign language acquisitionp. 58
The building blocks of sign languagep. 82
The structure of signsp. 113
Sign morphology and syntax: the grammar of BSLp. 131
Comparing sign languagesp. 162
Learning and using BSLp. 173
The psychology of signp. 195
Sign language interpretingp. 216
Sign language in schoolsp. 230
Which sign language?p. 242
Developments for sign languagep. 258
Growing up in the deaf communityp. 263
Teaching sign languagep. 269
BSL notationp. 277
Referencesp. 291
Subject indexp. 308
Index of signs in the textp. 311
Index of names in the textp. 315
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ISBN: 9780521357173
ISBN-10: 0521357179
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 2nd May 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.29  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.47

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