LINGUIST List 29.2345

Thu May 31 2018

Books: SignGram Blueprint: Quer, Cecchetto, Donati, Geraci, Kelepir, Pfau, Steinbach (eds.)

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Date: 23-Apr-2018
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Subject: SignGram Blueprint: Quer, Cecchetto, Donati, Geraci, Kelepir, Pfau, Steinbach (eds.)
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Title: SignGram Blueprint
Subtitle: A Guide to Sign Language Grammar Writing
Series Title: De Gruyter Reference
Published: 2017
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Josep Quer
Editor: Carlo Cecchetto
Editor: Caterina Donati
Editor: Carlo Geraci
Editor: Meltem Kelepir
Editor: Roland Pfau
Editor: Markus Steinbach
Hardback: ISBN: 9781501515705 Pages: 824 Price: U.S. $ 172.99

Current grammatical knowledge about particular sign languages is fragmentary and of varying reliability, and it appears scattered in scientific publications where the description is often intertwined with the analysis. In general, comprehensive grammars are a rarity. The SignGram Blueprint is an innovative tool for the grammar writer: a full-fledged guide to describing all components of the grammars of sign languages in a thorough and systematic way, and with the highest scientific standards.

The work builds on the existing knowledge in Descriptive Linguistics, but also on the insights from Theoretical Linguistics. It consists of two main parts running in parallel: the Checklist with all the grammatical features and phenomena the grammar writer can address, and the accompanying Manual with the relevant background information (definitions, methodological caveats, representative examples, tests, pointers to elicitation materials and bibliographical references). The areas covered are Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon, Syntax and Meaning. The Manual is endowed with hyperlinks that connect information across the work and with a pop-up glossary.

The SignGram Blueprint will be a landmark for the description of sign language grammars in terms of quality and quantity.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Written In: English (eng)

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---------------------------------- Publishing Partner ----------------------------------
Cambridge University Press

----------------------------- Major Supporting Publishers -----------------------------
Akademie Verlag GmbH
Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cascadilla Press
Classiques Garnier
De Gruyter Mouton
Edinburgh University Press
Elsevier Ltd
Equinox Publishing Ltd
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Georgetown University Press
John Benjamins
Lincom GmbH
MIT Press
Multilingual Matters
Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Peter Lang AG
Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
University of Toronto Press

--------------------------- Other Supporting Publishers ---------------------------
Association of Editors of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
International Pragmatics Assoc.
Linguistic Association of Finland
Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
Seoul National University
SIL International Publications
Universitat Jaume I
University of Nebraska Press
Utrecht institute of Linguistics

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