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Title: The Hands are the Head of the Mouth
Subtitle: The Mouth as Articulator in Sign Languages
Edited By: Penny Boyes Braem
Rachel Sutton-Spence

This book stems from a workshop on the use of the mouth in European sign languages held at the University of Leiden, in The Netherlands, in December 1998. It reflects several areas of particular interest with respect to mouth patterns in sign languages: The meaning of terms which is not always immediately obvious in this respect, the use of Notation systems for mouth patterns, the consistency of mouthings and mouth gestures, especially in relation to the methodology used as well as situational, regional and social variation and the linguistic biography of the informant, and the status of the mouth patterns that come from spoken languages.Contents:
1. A comparison of mouth gestures and mouthings in Norwegian Sign
Language (NSL) / Marit Vogt-Svendsen, University of Oslo
2. Mouthings and mouth gestures in Finnish Sign Language (FinSL) /
Päivi Rainò, University of Helsinki
3. A preliminary analysis of visual mouth segments in Swedish Sign
Language / Brita Bergman, Lars Wallin, Stockholm University
4. Mouthings and mouth gestures in British Sign Language (BSL) /
Rachel Sutton-Spence, Linda Day, University of Bristol
5. The sign that dares to speak its name: Echo phonology in British
Sign Language (BSL) / Bencie Woll, City University, London
6. Functions of the mouthings in the signing of Deaf early and late learners of Swiss German Sign Language (DSGS) / Penny Boyes Braem,
Center for Sign Language Research, Basel
7. Sign language as multidimensional communication: Why manual signs, mouthings, and mouth gestures are three different things /
Horst Ebbinghaus, West Saxony University of Applied Sciences,
Zwickau;Jens Hessmann, University of Applied Sciences,
8. The linguistic primacy of signs and mouth gestures over mouthings: Evidence from language production in German Sign Language (DGS) / Annette Hohenberger, Daniela Happ, University of Frankfurt
9. Multimodal representations and the linguistic status of mouthings in German Sign Language (DGS) / Jörg Keller, University of Hamburg
10. Linguistic gestures: Mouthing in Italian Sign Language (LIS) /
Roberto Ajello, Laura Mazzoni, Florida Nicolai, University of Pisa
11. Mouthing in Indopakistani Sign Language (IPSL): Regularities and variation / Ulrike Zeshan, La Trobe University, Melbourne
12. The role of mouthings in Sign Language of the Netherlands: Some implications for the production of sign language dictionaries / Trude
Schermer, Dutch Sign Language Centre, Bunnik
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Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Signum Verlag
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3927731838
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Pages: vi, 325 pp.
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