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Wed Aug 8 2001

Books: Sociolinguistics/Sign Languages

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  1. Joyce Reid, The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages

Message 1: The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages

Date: 07 Aug 2001 16:58:43 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages

The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages

Ceil Lucas, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

This is an accessible introduction to the major areas of sociolinguistics
as they relate to sign languages and deaf communities. Clearly organized, it
brings together a team of leading experts in sign linguistics to survey the
field, and covers a wide range of topics including variation, multilingualism,
bilingualism, language attitudes, discourse analysis, language policy and
planning. Each chapter introduces the key issues in each area of inquiry and
provides a comprehensive review of the literature. The book also includes
suggestions for further reading and helpful exercises.

Ceil Lucas, Bencie Woll, Rachel Sutton-Spence, Frances Elton, Jean Ann, Robert
Bailey, Clayton Valli, Mary Rose, Alyssa Wulf, Melanie Metzger, Ben Bahan,
Timothy Reagan, Sarah Burns, Pat Matthews and Evelyn Nolan 


1. Introduction Ceil Lucas; 2. Multilingualism--the global approach to
sign languages Bencie Woll, Rachel Sutton-Spence and Frances Elton;
3. Bilingualism and language contact Jean Ann; 4. Sociolinguistic
variation Ceil Lucas, Robert Bailey, Clayton Valli, Mary Rose and
Alyssa Wulf; 5. Discourse analysis Melanie Metzger and Ben Bahan;
6. Language planning and policy Timothy Reagan; 7. Language attitudes
Sarah Burns, Pat Matthews and Evelyn Nolan.

2001/267 pp./1 halftone/12 line diagrams/9 tables
79137-5/Hb/List: $64.95*
79474-9/Pb/List: $24.95*

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