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LINGUIST List 24.1477

Mon Apr 01 2013

Books: Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia: Kendon

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Apr-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia: Kendon
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Title: Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Subtitle: Cultural, Semiotic and Communicative Perspectives
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7167288/Sign%20Languages%20of%20Aboriginal%20Australia/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Adam Kendon

Paperback: ISBN: 9781107414211 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107414211 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 44.99


Originally published in 1988, this was the first book-length study ever to be
published on the subject of sign language as a means of communication among
Australian Aborigines. The work presented in this book filled an important gap
in Aboriginal ethnography and linguistics. It also marked a major advance in
the understanding of the relationship between medium of expression, code
structure and communication; the processes by which spoken language may be
represented in a non-vocal medium; and native speaker awareness of spoken
language structure. Based on fieldwork conducted over a span of nine years,
the volume presents a thorough analysis of the structure of sign languages and
their relationship to spoken languages.


List of illustrations
Orthographic conventions and descriptive terms

1. Introduction
2. Aboriginal sign languages observed: a history
3. Aboriginal sign languages observed: geographical review
4. North central desert background
5. Sign structures
6. Sign forming and sign meaning
7. Sign organization and word structure
8. Signing spoken language grammar
9. Discourse in sign and speech
10. Signing and speaking simultaneously
11. Signs of kinship
12. Comparing Aboriginal sign languages
13. Australian Aboriginal sign languages and other semiotic systems
14. Aboriginal interaction and Aboriginal sign language

Appendix I. Sign notation symbols
Appendix II. Two versions of a Warlpiri story
Index of signs
General index

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Australian Aborigines Sign Language (asw)

Written In: English (eng)

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