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Title: Language from the Body
Subtitle: Iconicity and Metaphor in American Sign Language
Written By: Sarah F Taub
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521158602
Description:

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What is the role of meaning in linguistic theory? Generative linguists have
severely limited the influence of meaning, claiming that language is not
affected by other cognitive processes and that semantics does not influence
linguistic form. Conversely, cognitivist and functionalist linguists
believe that meaning pervades and motivates all levels of linguistic
structure. This dispute can be resolved conclusively by evidence from
signed languages. Signed languages are full of iconic linguistic items:
words, inflections, and even syntactic constructions with structural
similarities between their physical form and their referents' form. Iconic
items can have concrete meanings and also abstract meanings through
conceptual metaphors. Language from the Body rebuts the generativist
linguistic theories which separate form and meaning and asserts that
iconicity can only be described in a cognitivist framework where meaning
can influence form.

- Serves as a brief introduction to cognitive linguistics
- Written in an accessible style appropriate for non-specialists
- Includes analysis of American Sign Language poem

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): American Sign Language
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