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Title: Progress in Sign Language Research
Subtitle: In Honor of Siegmund Prillwitz
Edited By: Rolf Schulmeister
Heimo Reimitzer

To celebrate the 60th birthday of Siegmund Prillwitz, founder of the
Institute for German Sign Language at Hamburg University, and to honour his thirty years of commitment in the field of sign language research, sixteen renowned researchers and research teams from all over the world have published a Festschrift titled "Fortschritte in der Gebärdensprachforschung - Festschrift für Siegmund Prillwitz /
Progress in Sign Language Research - In Honor of Siegmund Prillwitz".
The list of contributors is ample evidence of Siegmund Prillwitz' high standing in the international research community:
Harlan Lane, Carol Padden, Sherman Wilcox, Philip M. Prinz, Dan I.
Slobin and Ronnie Wilbur from the USA, Adam Schembri from Australia,
Bencie Woll and Jim Kyle from England, Nini Hoiting from the
Netherlands, Penny Boyes-Braem from Switzerland, Elena Pizzuto and
Virginia Volterra from Italy, Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen from
Denmark, Franz Dotter from Austria, Chrissostomos Papaspyrou from
Greece, Renate Fischer, Thomas Hanke and Hubert Wudtke from Germany.

The volume's double title in German and English is due to the fact that thirteen of the sixteen papers have been written in English and only three in German. The Festschrift contributions cover topics about in the history of sign language communities, linguistic analyses in sign language research, and insights from education and training. Reflecting the authors' countries of origin, the papers relate to several European and non-European sign languages, and in many cases even compare several languages, with the authors generally succeeding in bringing out the important universal linguistic aspects.

Preface: He had a Dream

History and Evolution

Origins of the American Deaf-World / Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard,
Mary French
How the Alphabet Came to be Used in a Sign Language / Carol A. Padden
The Dictionary of the Abbé de l'Epée And His 'Methodical Signs' /
Renate Fischer
The Gesture-Language Interface: Evidence from Signed Languages /
Sherman Wilcox

Promising Progress / Jim Kyle

Sign Language Research

Sign Language Research

The Representation of Motion Events in Signed Language and Gesture /
Adam Schembri
Sign, Stroke and the / Bencie Woll
Gestures in Signing: The Presentation Gesture in Danish Sign Language / Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen
Negationsformen in der Österreichischen Gebärdensprache / Andrea
Skant, Ingeborg Okorn, Elisabeth Bergmeister, Franz Dotter, Marlene
Hilzensauer, Manuela Hobel, Klaudia Krammer, Reinhold Orter, Natalie
The Interpretation of Signs By (Hearing and Deaf) Members of
Different Cultures / Penny Boyes Braem, Elena Pizzuto, Virginia
Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Sign Language and Literacy
Development / Philip M. Prinz
Phrase Structure in ASL and ÖGS / Ronnie Wilbur
HamNoSys in a Sign Language Generation Context / Thomas Hanke

Education and Training

What a Deaf Child Needs to See: Advantages of a Natural Sign Language over a Sign System / Nini Hoiting, Dan I. Slobin
Integration Gehörloser in das allgemeine Bildungswesen: Überwindung der Sprachbarriere / Chrissostomos Papaspyrou
Gehörlose Kinder und ihre hörenden Erzieher, Hubert Wudtke

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Signum Verlag
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Linguistic Theories
Language Family(ies): Sign Language
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