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LINGUIST List 21.3335

Wed Aug 18 2010

Books: Semantics/Sociolinguistics: Taub

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Language from the Body: Taub

Message 1: Language from the Body: Taub
Date: 11-Aug-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Language from the Body: Taub
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Title: Language from the Body
Subtitle: Iconicity and Metaphor in American Sign Language
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521158602

Author: Sarah F Taub
Electronic: ISBN: 9780511034138 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 60.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521770620 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 52.00 Comment: published in 2001
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521158602 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 11.99
Abstract:

New Edition

What is the role of meaning in linguistic theory? Generative linguists have
severely limited the influence of meaning, claiming that language is not
affected by other cognitive processes and that semantics does not influence
linguistic form. Conversely, cognitivist and functionalist linguists
believe that meaning pervades and motivates all levels of linguistic
structure. This dispute can be resolved conclusively by evidence from
signed languages. Signed languages are full of iconic linguistic items:
words, inflections, and even syntactic constructions with structural
similarities between their physical form and their referents' form. Iconic
items can have concrete meanings and also abstract meanings through
conceptual metaphors. Language from the Body rebuts the generativist
linguistic theories which separate form and meaning and asserts that
iconicity can only be described in a cognitivist framework where meaning
can influence form.

- Serves as a brief introduction to cognitive linguistics
- Written in an accessible style appropriate for non-specialists
- Includes analysis of American Sign Language poem

Contents

1. A glimpse of the material;
2. Motivation and linguistic theory;
3. Iconicity defined and demonstrated;
4. The analogue-building model of linguistic iconicity;
5. Survey of iconicity in signed and spoken languages;
6. Metaphor in American Sign Language: the double mapping;
7. Many metaphors in a single sign;
8. The vertical scale as source domain;
9. Verb agreement paths in American Sign Language;
10. Complex superposition of metaphors in an American Sign Language poem;
11. The future of signed-language research;
Appendices;
References;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): American Sign Language (ase)

Written In: English (eng )

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