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LINGUIST List 21.2638

Fri Jun 18 2010

Books: Linguistic Theories/Morphology/Syntax: Brentari (Ed)

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Sign Languages: Brentari (Ed)

Message 1: Sign Languages: Brentari (Ed)
Date: 16-Jun-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Sign Languages: Brentari (Ed)
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Title: Sign Languages
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item2709806/?site_locale=en_GB

Editor: Diane Brentari
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521883702 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521883702 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 160.00

What are the unique characteristics of sign languages that make them so
fascinating? What have recent researchers discovered about them, and what
do these findings tell us about human language more generally? This
thematic and geographic overview examines more than forty sign languages
from around the world. It begins by investigating how sign languages have
survived and been transmitted for generations, and then goes on to analyse
the common characteristics shared by most sign languages: for example,
how the use of the visual system affects grammatical structures. The final
section describes the phenomena of language variation and change. Drawing
on a wide range of examples, the book explores sign languages both old and
young, from British, Italian, Asian and American to Israeli, Al-Sayyid
Bedouin, African and Nicaraguan. Written in a clear, readable style, it is the
essential reference for students and scholars working in sign language
studies and
deaf studies.

'... an extremely helpful snapshot of where Sign Language research finds
itself and should prove to be a route map for future research into as yet
unchartered territory.' Debra Aarons, School of Language

'Diane Brentari has gathered an immense wealth of linguistic and
anthropological information on signed languages around the world. It
represents the most up-to-date knowledge we have in this important

1. Introduction Diane Brentari;
Part I. History and Transmission:
2. Transmission of sign languages in northern Europe Penny Boyes Braem and
Christian Rathmann;
3. Transmission of sign languages in Latin America Claire Ramsey and David
4. Transmission of sign languages in the Nordic countries Brita Bergman and
Elisabeth Engberg Pedersen;
5. Transmission of sign languages in Mediterranean Europe Josep Quer,
Galini Sapountzaki and Laura Mazzoni;
6. Transmission of sign languages in Africa Dorothy Lule and Lars Wallin;
7. Transmission of Polish sign systems Piotr Wojda;

Part II. Shared Crosslinguistic Characteristics:
8. Notation systems Harry van der Hulst and Rachel Channon;
9. Verb agreement in sign language morphology Gaurav Mathur and Christian
10. Functional markers in sign languages Sandro Zucchi, Carol Neidle, Carlo
Geraci, Quinn Duffy and Carlo Cecchetto;
11. Clause structure Ronice Müller de Quadros and Diane Lillo-Martin;
12. Factors that form classifier signs Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen;
13. Handshape contrasts in sign language phonology Diane Brentari and Petra
14. Syllable structure in sign language phonology Tommi Jantunen and Ritva
15. Grammaticalization in sign languages Sherman Wilcox, Paolo Rossini and
Elena Pizzuto;
16. The semantics-phonology interface Ronnie Wilbur;
17. Nonmanuals: their prosodic and grammatical roles Roland Pfau and Josep

Part III. Variation and Change:
18. Sign language varieties in West Africa Victoria Nyst;
19. Sign languages in the Arab world Kinda Al-Fityani and Carol Padden;
20. Variation in American sign language Ceil Lucas and Robert Bayley;
21. Sociolinguistic variation in British, Australian, and New Zealand sign
language Adam Schembri, Kearsy Cormier, Trevor Johnston, David McKee,
Rachel McKee and Bencie Woll;
22. Variation in East Asian sign language structures Susan Fischer and
Qunhu Gong;
23. Crosslinguistic variation in prosodic cues Gladys Tang, Diane Brentari,
Carolina González and Felix Sze;
24. Deixis in an emerging sign language Marie Coppola and Anne Senghas;
25. The grammar of space in two new sign languages Carol Padden, Irit Meir,
Mark Aronoff and Wendy Sandler.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Written In: English (eng )

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