Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
The realisation that signed languages are true languages is one of the
great discoveries of the last 30 years of linguistic research. The work of
many sign language researchers has revealed deep similarities between
signed and spoken languages in their structure, acquisition and processing,
as well as differences, arising from the differing articulatory and
perceptual constraints under which signed languages are used and learned.
This book provides a cross-linguistic examination of the properties of many
signed languages, including detailed case studies of Hong Kong, British,
Mexican and German sign languages. The contributions to this volume, by
some of the most prominent researchers in the field, focus on a single
question: to what extent is linguistic structure influenced by the modality
of language? Their answers offer particular insights into the factors that
shape the nature of language and contribute to our understanding of why
languages are organised as they are.