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Message 1: Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language: Liddell

Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 14:25:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: jreid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language: Liddell


Title: Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language
			
Publication Year: 2004			
Publisher:	Cambridge University Press 
		http://www.cup.org
			
Author: Scott Liddell, Gallaudet University 

Hardback: ISBN: 0521816203, Pages: 398, Price: U.K. �: 55.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0521816203, Pages: 398, Price: U.S. $: 85.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521016509, Pages: 398, Price: U.K. �: 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521016509, Pages: 398, Price: U.S. $: 29.99


Abstract:
			
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.

1. American Sign Language as a language
2. A sketch of the grammar of ASL
3. Pronouns and real space
4. Indicating verbs and real space
5. Surrogates
6. Directing signs at locations and things
7. Tokens
8. Buoys
9. Depicting verbs
10. Five brothers
11. Grammar, gesture, and meaning.			


Lingfield(s):	Semantics
		Syntax 	
			
Subject Language(s): American Sign Language (Language Code: ASE)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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