Author: Marie Carla D. Adone
Author: Elaine L. Maypilama
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862885480 Pages: 153
Price: Europe EURO 74.80
A Grammar Sketch of Yolŋu Sign Language
Marie Carla D. Adone and Elaine L.
This is the first comprehensive introductory
book on Yolŋu Sign Language, the sign language
of the Yolŋu people in Arnhem Land, Northern
Territory, Australia. In this book Marie Carla
D. Adone and Elaine L. Maypilama explore some
areas of Yolŋu Sign Language Grammar. They show
that this language behaves very much like many
other sign languages around the world. It has a
structure and rules and there are conventions.
The authors provide some insights into the
sociolinguistic background of this endangered
sign language and discuss some aspects of its
grammar. YSL is the primary language or first
language of a small number of deaf Yolŋu.
Hearing Yolŋu use this sign language as an
alternate language to their spoken language. On
Elcho Island the population as in many other
communities is truly bimodal bilingual, that is
they acquire both spoken and sign languages
simultaneously from birth.
In each chapter we have included pictures of
the signs and useful references, thus making
this book an ideal resource textbook for YSL
users, teachers, educators or anyone interested
in indigenous sign languages of Australia.
Marie Carla D. Adone is the Chair of Applied
Linguistics and one of the Directors of
Australian Studies in the English Department,
University of Cologne, Germany. She has
published several books and articles on Creole
languages, Sign languages and First Language
Acquisition (of Creole languages).
Elaine L. Maypilama is an honorary research
fellow at Charles Darwin University, and is
employed by Menzies. She has co-authored a
considerable number of papers on various
Aboriginal areas including the linguistics of
YSL. She recently earned her Ph.D.
ISBN 9783862885480. LINCOM Studies in
Australian Languages 08. 153pp. 2014.
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological
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