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Signed Languages: Discoveries from International Research collects the thirteen freshest, most innovative papers presented at the sixth Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research conference in 1998, the largest of its kind ever convened. Presented together in this timely compendium, the research reflects the current trend toward focusing on international signed languages that previously have been ignored, including those of Sweden, Israel, Venezuela, and northern Nigeria. The anthology is divided into six sections: Phonology, Morphology and Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, and Poetics. In Part One, articulatory constraints and the sign language of the Netherlands are addressed. In Part Two, researchers tackle noun classifiers, nonhanded signs, and verb classes in the signed languages of Sweden, the United States, and Israel respectively. Part Three offers the study, “Functional Consequences of Modality: Spatial Coding in Working Memory for Signs.” Language acquisition is analyzed in both adult learners and deaf children in Part Four. Part Five reports on the relationship between language and society around the world, focusing particularly on the signed languages of Venezuela and northern Nigeria. Part Six considers the techniques employed in British Sign Language poetry and ASL poetry. Edited by Valerie Dively, Melanie Metzger, Sarah Taub, and Anne Marie Baer, Signed Languages sets the pace on the current signed language research, becoming an essential resource for any linguist’s or deaf scholar’s library.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Part One: Phonology
  2. p. xii
  1. Why Not GIVE-US: An Articulatory Constraint in Signed Languages
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Weak Drop in Sign Language of the Netherlands
  2. pp. 27-42
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  1. Part Two: Morphology and Syntax
  2. p. 43
  1. The Discourse Function of Noun Classifiers in Swedish Sign Language
  2. pp. 45-61
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  1. Signs without Hands: Nonhanded Signs in American Sign Language
  2. pp. 62-73
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  1. Motion and Transfer:The Analysis of Two Verb Classes in Israeli Sign Language
  2. pp. 74-87
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  1. Part Three: Psycholinguistics
  2. p. 89
  1. Functional Consequences of Modality:Spatial Coding in Working Memory for Signs
  2. pp. 91-99
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  1. Part Four: Language Acquisition
  2. p. 101
  1. Proximalization and Distalization of Sign Movement in Adult Learners
  2. pp. 103-119
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  1. The Emergence of Narrative Discourse in Two Young Deaf Children
  2. pp. 120-132
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  1. Part Five: Sociolinguistics
  2. p. 133
  1. Analyzing Variation in Sign Languages: Theoretical and Methodological Issues
  2. pp. 135-162
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  1. Politeness and Venezuelan Sign Language
  2. pp. 176-192
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  1. ASL in Northern Nigeria:Will Hausa Sign Language Survive?
  2. pp. 180-193
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  1. Part Six: Poetics
  2. p. 195
  1. Complex Superposition of Metaphors in an ASL Poem
  2. pp. 197-230
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  1. British Sign Language Poetry: A Linguistic Analysis of the Work of Dorothy Miles
  2. pp. 231-243
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-254
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