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Title: Verbal and Signed Languages
Subtitle: Comparing Structures, Constructs and Methodologies
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 36

This book is the first to explore how much of knowledge based on research
on spoken languages needs to be refined in the light of the growing field
of sign linguistics. Drawing upon a broad cross-linguistic perspective, the
contributors focus on topics of general theoretical interest: linearity and
arbitrariness principles, definition of units and levels of analysis,
expression of grammatical categories, semantic relations, and cohesion
mechanisms. The book is of interest to language typologists, theoretical
and descriptive linguists, scholars in the fields of semiotics,
anthropology, gesture studies, and cognitive sciences at large.

From the Contents:

Introduction, The Editors

Part 1 – Iconicity, arbitrariness, linearity and simultaneity of the signifiers
Iconicity and arbitrariness in French Sign Language: Highly iconic
structures, degenerated iconicity and diagrammatic iconicity, Christian
Cuxac and Marie-Anne Sallandre; Diagrammatic and imagic hypoicons in signed
and verbal languages, Paola Pietrandrea and Tommaso Russo

Part 2 – Units and levels of analysis
Sign language phonology: Issues of iconicity and universality, Diane
Brentari; Linguistic units in signed and verbal languages, Claire
Blanche-Benveniste; Routes from gestures to language, Sherman Wilcox;
Interfaces: the relation between structure and output, Annarita Puglielli
and Mara Frascarelli

Part 3 – Grammatical categories and lexical semantics
The expression of grammatical categories in signed languages, Terry Janzen;
Constructions and categories in verbal and signed languages, Raffaele
Simone; Constructs of the mind: Cross-linguistic contrast of metaphor in
spoken and signed languages, Phyllis Perrin Wilcox

Part 4 – Text cohesion devices
Deixis, anaphora and person reference in signed languages, Elena Pizzuto;
The deep relation between deixis and anaphora, Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110195859
Pages: 350
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