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Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language (Hardback)
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Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 13/03/2003
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In sign languages of the deaf some signs can meaningfully point toward things or can be meaningfully placed in the space ahead of the signer. 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. It guides the reader through ASL grammar, the different categories of directional signs, the types of spatial representations signs are directed toward, how such spatial conceptions can be represented in mental space theory, and the conceptual purposes served by these signs. The book demonstrates a remarkable integration of grammar and gesture in the service of constructing meaning. These results also suggest that our concept of 'language' has been much too narrow and that a more comprehensive look at vocally produced languages will reveal the same integration of gestural, gradient, and symbolic elements.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521816205
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 233 x 159 x 29 mm


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'This is a major contribution to sign language linguistics, and to linguistics generally.' Language
Liddell's "...non-polemical and carefully reasoned argumentation is a welcome relief in an overheated field...The lucidity of presentation and the cogency of the new analyses lead the reader into exploring rich new territory, rather than into quarrels about assessments of established domains. In the end, I expect that readers of various theoretical persuasions will have a number of "aha experiences" as they slowly come to understand and appreciate [Liddell's] re-mapping of the territory. This is a major contribution to sign language linguistics, and to linguistics generally." Dan I. Slobin, University of California, Berkeley, Language

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