The Syntax of American Sign Language

Study of nonmanual expressions , in relation to manual signs , provides important information about the syntactic structure of the language . Although ASL is governed by the same organizational principles as spoken languages , there are ...

Author: Carol Jan Neidle

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262140675

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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.

Linguistics of American Sign Language

New York : Academic Press . Friedman , L. ( 1975 ) . Space , time , and person reference in American Sign Language . Language 51 : 940-61 . Givon , T. ( 1984 ) . Syntax : A functional - typological introduction , vol . 1.

Author: Clayton Valli

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 1563680971

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 493

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

Interaction of Morphology and Syntax in American Sign Language

The Manifestation of Subject, Object, and Topic in American Sign Language, Subject and Topic, ed. by C. Li. New York: Academic Press. Gruber, Jeffrey 1976. North-Holland Linguistic Series 25: Lexical Structures in Syntax and Semantics.

Author: Carol A. Padden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315449661

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

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This study, first published in 1988, examines cases of interaction of morphology and syntax in American Sign Language and proposes that clause structure and syntactic phenomena are not defined in terms of verb agreement or sign order, but in terms of grammatical relations. Using the framework of relational grammar developed by Perlmutter and Postal in which grammatical relations such as "subject", "direct object", etc. are taken as primitives of linguistic theory, facts about syntactic phenomena, including verb agreement and sign order are accounted for in a general way. This title will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.

Signs and Structures

This book contains a selection of papers that could be thought of as a good representative sample of current trends in formal approaches to the study of sign language syntax.

Author: Paweł Rutkowski

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027268495

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 143

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As sign language linguistics has become an important and prodigious field of research in the last few decades, it comes as no surprise that the repertoire of methodological approaches to the study of the communication of the Deaf has also expanded considerably. While earlier work on sign languages was often focused on providing arguments for them being full-fledged linguistic systems, current debates do no longer center on whether visual-spatial grammars are worth being researched, but on how this type of research should be conducted. This book contains a selection of papers that could be thought of as a good representative sample of current trends in formal approaches to the study of sign language syntax. It illustrates how generative research on the communication of the Deaf may contribute to our understanding of the syntax of natural languages in general and indicates to what extent it is possible to integrate advances in the analysis of visual-spatial grammar with current spoken language research. Originally published in Sign Language & Linguistics 16:2 (2013).

Grammar Gesture and Meaning in American Sign Language

This obligatory part of fluent grammatical signing has no parallel in vocally produced languages. This book focuses on American Sign Language to examine the grammatical and conceptual purposes served by these directional signs.

Author: Scott K. Liddell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521016509

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Recent Perspectives on American Sign Language

(b) Grosjean, F., & Lane, H. Pauses and syntax in American Sign Language. Cognition, 1977,5, 101-117. Hoffmeister, R. The acquisition of American Sign Language by deaf children of deaf parents: The development of the demonstrative ...

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.

American Sign Language

As such , Sign Language teachers will need to keep informed about future research findings in order to continue to better understand this important part of the syntactic structure of American Sign Language .

Author: Charlotte Lee Baker-Shenk

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

ISBN: 093032384X

Category: Education

Page: 492

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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.

Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language

The syntax of American Sign Language : Functional categories and hierarchical structure . Cambridge : MIT Press . Norušis , M. J. and SPSS Inc , 1996. SPSS advanced statistics 6.1 . Chicago : SPSS Inc. Nowell , E. 1989.

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.

Sign Language

Syntactic Structure and Discourse Function: An Examination of Two Constructions in ASL, Report Number 4. Boston, MA: American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project, Boston University, 2445. Liddell, Scott K. 1977 An Investigation ...

Author: Roland Pfau

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110261325

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1138

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Sign language linguists show here that all questions relevant to the linguistic investigation of spoken languages can be asked about sign languages. Conversely, questions that sign language linguists consider - even if spoken language researchers have not asked them yet - should also be asked of spoken languages. The HSK handbook Sign Language aims to provide a concise and comprehensive overview of the state of the art in sign language linguistics. It includes 44 chapters, written by leading researchers in the field, that address issues in language typology, sign language grammar, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and language documentation and transcription. Crucially, all topics are presented in a way that makes them accessible to linguists who are not familiar with sign language linguistics.