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Title: Sign Languages
Edited By: Diane Brentari

What are the unique characteristics of sign languages that make them so
fascinating? What have recent researchers discovered about them, and what
do these findings tell us about human language more generally? This
thematic and geographic overview examines more than forty sign languages
from around the world. It begins by investigating how sign languages have
survived and been transmitted for generations, and then goes on to analyse
the common characteristics shared by most sign languages: for example,
how the use of the visual system affects grammatical structures. The final
section describes the phenomena of language variation and change. Drawing
on a wide range of examples, the book explores sign languages both old and
young, from British, Italian, Asian and American to Israeli, Al-Sayyid
Bedouin, African and Nicaraguan. Written in a clear, readable style, it is the
essential reference for students and scholars working in sign language
studies and
deaf studies.

'... an extremely helpful snapshot of where Sign Language research finds
itself and should prove to be a route map for future research into as yet
unchartered territory.' Debra Aarons, School of Language

'Diane Brentari has gathered an immense wealth of linguistic and
anthropological information on signed languages around the world. It
represents the most up-to-date knowledge we have in this important

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Anthropological Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Sign Language
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521883709
ISBN-13: 9780521883702
Prices: U.K. £ 95.00
U.S. $ 160.00