Sign Language Linguistics

by Howard Burton (Author)
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and renowned researcher of sign languages Carol Padden, the Sanford I. Berman Chair in Language and Human Communication at UC San Diego. This extensive conversation covers topics such as growing up with ASL, Carol?s early work with Bill Stokoe, the linguistic complexity, structure and properties of ASL and other sign languages, the development of new sign languages throughout the world, the role of gesture and embodiment, and much more.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Heeding the Signs, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Choosing languages - Faulty assumptions and different sides
II. Distance Education - A formative experience
III. Signing as Language - Bill Stokoe and the development of ASL
IV. Diversity and Structure - The many shades of sign languages
V. Distinctiveness - Language, identity, and the question of affordances
VI. Embodiment - Making sense of the world around us through our bodies
VII. A Cultural Window - Change, humour and balance
VIII. Predictions and Proclivities - Speculations on the future, fillers and gender markers
IX. Examining Diversity - Brain scans, sign-twisters and gesturing Italians
X. Making Comparison - Efficiency, community and complexity

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Book details

Publication date
September 30, 2020
File size
1 MB