LINGUIST List 24.1477

Mon Apr 01 2013

Books: Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia: Kendon

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Subject: Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia: Kendon
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Title: Sign Languages of Aboriginal AustraliaSubtitle: Cultural, Semiotic and Communicative PerspectivesPublication Year: 2013Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Adam Kendon

Paperback: ISBN: 9781107414211 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.99Paperback: ISBN: 9781107414211 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 44.99


Originally published in 1988, this was the first book-length study ever to bepublished on the subject of sign language as a means of communication amongAustralian Aborigines. The work presented in this book filled an important gapin Aboriginal ethnography and linguistics. It also marked a major advance inthe understanding of the relationship between medium of expression, codestructure and communication; the processes by which spoken language may berepresented in a non-vocal medium; and native speaker awareness of spokenlanguage structure. Based on fieldwork conducted over a span of nine years,the volume presents a thorough analysis of the structure of sign languages andtheir relationship to spoken languages.


List of illustrationsPrefaceOrthographic conventions and descriptive terms

1. Introduction2. Aboriginal sign languages observed: a history3. Aboriginal sign languages observed: geographical review4. North central desert background5. Sign structures6. Sign forming and sign meaning7. Sign organization and word structure8. Signing spoken language grammar9. Discourse in sign and speech10. Signing and speaking simultaneously11. Signs of kinship12. Comparing Aboriginal sign languages13. Australian Aboriginal sign languages and other semiotic systems14. Aboriginal interaction and Aboriginal sign language

Appendix I. Sign notation symbolsAppendix II. Two versions of a Warlpiri storyReferencesIndex of signsGeneral index

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Australian Aborigines Sign Language (asw)

Written In: English (eng)

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