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Title: Formational Units in Sign Languages
Edited By: Rachel Elizabeth Channon
Harry van der Hulst
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9781614510673-1
Series Title: Sign Language Typology 3
Description:

Sign languages and spoken languages have an equal capacity to
communicate our thoughts. Beyond this, however, while there are many
similarities, there are also fascinating differences, caused primarily by the
reaction of the human mind to different modalities, but also by some
important social differences. The articulators are more visible and use larger
muscles with consequent greater effort. It is difficult to visually attend to both
a sign and an object at the same time. Iconicity is more systematic and more
available in signs. The body, especially the face, plays a much larger role in
sign. Sign languages are more frequently born anew as small groups of deaf
people come together in villages or schools. Sign languages often borrow
from the written form of the surrounding spoken language, producing
fingerspelling alphabets, character signs, and related signs. This book
examines the effects of these and other differences using observation,
experimentation and theory. The languages examined include Asian, Middle
Eastern, European and American sign languages, and language situations
include home signers and small village signers, children, gesturers, adult
signers, and non-native signers.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Phonetics
Phonology
Language Typology
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781614510680
Pages: 346
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781614510673
Pages: 346
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95