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Title: Hand Talk
Subtitle: Sign Language among American Indian Nations
Written By: Jeffrey E. Davis
Description:

American Indian nations of the Great Plains and cultural groups bordering this
geographic area spoke so many different languages that verbal communication
between them was difficult. As extensive trade networks developed and
political alliances became necessary, an elegant language of the hands
developed that cut across spoken language barriers. Though now endangered,
this sign language continues to serve a vital role in traditional
storytelling, rituals, legends, prayers, conversational narratives, and as
a primary language of American Indians who are deaf. This volume contains
the most current descriptions of all levels of the language from phonology
to discourse, as well as comparisons with other sign languages. This is the
first work of its kind to be produced in more than a century, and is
intended for students of sign language as well as those wishing to learn
more about American Indian languages and cultures.

- The first work of this depth and scope produced in more than a century,
fills
a major gap in the general and research literature
- Rare photographs enable readers to view the sign language being described
- The accompanying website includes films demonstrating the sign language
in action

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521870100
ISBN-13: 9780521870108
Pages: 274
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521690307
ISBN-13: 9780521690300
Pages: 274
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99