Linguistics of American Sign Language

This is a preliminary study of how pointing determiners behave in one visual / gestural language , ASL . Areas for future research include the exploration of the definite / indefinite distinction , the interaction of pointing ...

Author: Clayton Valli

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 1563680971

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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New 4th Edition completely revised and updated with new DVD now available; ISBN 1-56368-283-4

American Sign Language

The units of American Sign Language are composed of specific movements and shapes of the hands and arms , eyes , face , head , and body posture . These movements and shapes serve as the ' words ' and ' intonation ' of the language .

Author: Charlotte Lee Baker-Shenk

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 093032384X

Category: Education

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The videocassettes illustrate dialogues for the text it accompanies, and also provides ASL stories, poems and dramatic prose for classroom use. Each dialogue is presented three times to allow the student to "converse with" each signer. Also demonstrates the grammar and structure of sign language. The teacher's text on grammar and culture focuses on the use of three basic types of sentences, four verb inflections, locative relationships and pronouns, etc. by using sign language. The teacher's text on curriculum and methods gives guidelines on teaching American Sign Language and Structured activities for classroom use.

American Sign Language Units 10 18

AN INTRODUCTION TO CONVERSATION REGULATORS IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE In order to effectively converse in a language , a person must know and be able to use the conversation regulators that are employed by speakers of that language .

Author: Dennis Cokely

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 0930323874

Category: Education

Page: 200

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The videocassettes illustrate dialogues for the text it accompanies, and also provides ASL stories, poems and dramatic prose for classroom use. Each dialogue is presented three times to allow the student to "converse with" each signer. Also demonstrates the grammar and structure of sign language. The teacher's text on grammar and culture focuses on the use of three basic types of sentences, four verb inflections, locative relationships and pronouns, etc. by using sign language. The teacher's text on curriculum and methods gives guidelines on teaching American Sign Language and Structured activities for classroom use.

Universal Grammar and American Sign Language

THE STRUCTURE OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE ASL is a visual - gestural language which uses the hands and face as articulators for a language perceived by the eyes . Until very recently ( and even now , to some extent ) , ASL was considered ...

Author: D.C. Lillo-Martin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0792314190

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE American Sign Language (ASL) is the visual-gestural language used by most of the deaf community in the United States and parts of Canada. On the surface, this language (as all signed languages) seems radically different from the spoken languages which have been used to formulate theories of linguistic princi ples and parameters. However, the position taken in this book is that when the surface effects of modality are stripped away, ASL will be seen to follow many of the patterns proposed as universals for human language. If these theoretical constructs are meant to hold for language in general, then they should hold for natural human language in any modality; and ifASL is such a natural human language, then it too must be accounted for by any adequate theory of Universal Grammar. For this rea son, the study of ASL can be vital for proposed theories of Universal Grammar. Recent work in several theoretical frameworks of syntax as well as phonology have argued that indeed, ASL is such a lan guage. I will assume then, that principles of Universal Gram mar, and principles that derive from it, are applicable to ASL, and in fact that ASL can serve as one of the languages which test Universal Grammar. There is an important distinction to be drawn, however, be tween what is called here 'American Sign Language', and other forms of manual communication.

Grammar Gesture and Meaning in American Sign Language

1 American Sign Language as a language Sign languages have developed spontaneously and independently within communities of Deaf users all over the world . American Sign Language ( ASL ) is one of those many sign languages .

Author: Scott K. Liddell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521016509

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Metaphor in American Sign Language

5 METAPHORICAL MAPPING IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE The linguistic picture that ASL presents to the world is molded in part by the metaphorical mapping of concepts onto actual handshape formations and articulations .

Author: Phyllis Perrin Wilcox

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 1563680998

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 213

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As she explains, "If the iconic influence that surrounds metaphor is set aside, the results will be greater understanding and interpretations that are less opaque."".

The Syntax of American Sign Language

Non - manual realization of agreement in American Sign Language . Doctoral dissertation , Boston University . Bahan , Benjamin , Judy Kegl , Robert G. Lee , Dawn MacLaughlin , and Carol Neidle ( BKLMN ) . In press .

Author: Carol Jan Neidle

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262140675

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 229

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Recent research on the syntax of signed languages has revealed that, apart from some modality-specific differences, signed languages are organized according to the same underlying principles as spoken languages. This book addresses the organization and distribution of functional categories in American Sign Language (ASL), focusing on tense, agreement, and wh-constructions. Signed languages provide illuminating evidence about functional projections of a kind unavailable in the study of spoken languages. Along with manual signing, crucial information is expressed by specific movements of the face and upper body. The authors argue that such nonmanual markings are often direct expressions of abstract syntactic features. The distribution and intensity of these markings provide information about the location of functional heads and the boundaries of functional projections. The authors show how evidence from ASL is useful for evaluating a number of recent theoretical proposals on, among other things, the status of syntactic agreement projections and constraints on phrase structure and the directionality of movement.

Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language

In addition , they explored how interpreters handled the codeswitching in spoken language from Standard English to African American Vernacular English ( AAVE ) . Lewis ( 1996 ) continued the examination of African American signing ...

Author: Professor of Lingusitics Ceil Lucas

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 1563681137

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 237

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This volume provides a complete description of ASL variation. People from varying regions and backgrounds have different ways of saying the same thing. For example, in English some people say "test," while others say "tes'," dropping the final "t." Noted scholars Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, and Clayton Valli led a team of exceptional researchers in applying techniques for analyzing spoken language variation to ASL. Their observations at the phonological, lexical, morphological, and syntactic levels demonstrate that ASL variation correlates with many of the same driving social factors of spoken languages, including age, socioeconomic class, gender, ethnic background, region, and sexual orientation. Internal constraints that mandate variant choices for spoken languages have been compared to ASL as well, with intriguing results.

Barron s American Sign Language

It should also be clear that if you wish to communicate with Deaf people from other countries, then you must learn their sign language because ASL is only commonly used in the United States and in all provinces of Canada (other than ...

Author: David A. Stewart

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series

ISBN: 9781506263823

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 704

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Barron’s American Sign Language is a brand-new title on ASL that can be used in the classroom, as a supplemental text to high school and college courses, or for anyone who wants to learn proper ASL. The only book with comprehensive instruction and online graded video practice quizzes, plus a comprehensive final video exam. Content includes topics on the Deaf culture and community, ASL Grammar, fingerspelling, combining signs to construct detailed sentences, Everyday ASL, and much more. More than 1,000 illustrations of signs with instructions on movement--step-by-step with dialogue, tip boxes, and practice exercises and quizzes throughout to reinforce retention and to track your progress.

Recent Perspectives on American Sign Language

Fischer, S. Influences on word-order change in American Sign Language. In C. Li (Ed.), Word order and word order change. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1975. Fromkin, V. The non-anomalous nature of anomalous utterances.

Author: Harlan L. Lane

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781134991693

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Published in 1989, Recent Perspectives on American Sign Language is a valuable contribution to the field of Cognitive Psychology.