This volume includes data on interrogative and negative constructions from
37 sign languages around the world. Presenting the results of the
first-ever large cross-linguistic study on sign languages, the editor and
the contributors present a mosaic of typological patterns across sign
languages. In-depth studies of questions and negation in ten sign
languages, from North to South America, from Europe to the Middle East and
Asia, constitute the central part of the book. An introductory section
sketches the theoretical and methodological scope of Sign Language Typology
and provides an overview of the target structures in a wide range of
diverse sign languages.
The topics addressed in the volume cover a wide range of morphological,
syntactic and prosodic issues, such as non-manual expressions in questions
and negation, the morphology of negative affixes and clitics, the structure
of question word paradigms, and the pragmatics of clause types. In addition
to sign language linguists, the volume is of interest to typologists
looking for accessible information about linguistic diversity in a range of
sign languages, to undergraduate and postgraduate students of sign language
linguistics or deaf studies, and to a readership in general linguistics
with an interest in newly developing linguistic sub-disciplines.
The volume features a subject index for easy reference as well as an
appendix with the original research materials that were used for the study.
The accompanying CD includes several hundred video clips from the various
sign languages. Contributors include Susan Fischer (USA), Gladys Tang (Hong
Kong), Rachel McKee (New Zealand), and others.
This volume is published by Ishara Press, an ethically responsible
publisher in the field of sign language studies.