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Signed Languages DISCOVERIES FROM INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH Valerie Dively Melanie Metzger Sarah Taub Anne Marie Baer —Editors GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY PRESS WASHINGTON, D.C. 00 (i-x) Frontmatter 5/21/01 3:07 PM Page iii Gallaudet University Press Washington, DC 20002© 2001 by Gallaudet University. All rights reserved. Published 2001 Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Signed languages : discoveries from international research / Valerie Dively . . . [et al.], editors p. cm. Papers presented at the 6th annual Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, held Nov. 1998, Gallaudet University. Includes biographical references and index. Contents: Why not "give us" : an articulatory constraint in signed languages / Gaurav Mathur and Christian Rathmann—Weak drop in sign language of the Netherlands / Els van der Kooij—The discourse function of noun classifiers in Swedish sign language / Brita Bergman and Lars Wallin—Signs without hands : nonhanded signs in American sign language / Valerie L. Dively—Motion and transfer : the analysis of two verb classes in Israeli sign language / Irit Meir— Functional consequences of modality : spatial coding in working memory for signs / Margaret Wilson and Karen Emmorey—Proximalization and distalization of sign movement in adult learners / Gene Mirus, Christian Rathmann, and Richard P. Meier—The emergence of narrative discourse in two young deaf children / Astrid Vercaingne-Ménard, Lucie Godard, and Marie Labelle— Analyzing variation in sign language / Rob Hoopes . . . [et al.]—Politeness and Venezuelan sign language / Lourdes Pietrosemoli—ASL in northern Nigeria : will Hausa sign language survive? / Constanze Schmaling—Complex superposition of metaphors in an ASL poem / Sarah Taub—British sign language poetry : a linguistic analysis of the work of Dorothy Miles / Rachel Sutton-Spence. ISBN 1-56368-106-4 (alk. paper) 1. Sign language—Congresses. I. Dively, Valerie. II. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference (6th : 1998 : Gallaudet University) P117 .S54 2001 419—dc21 2001033032 The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1984. 00 (i-x) Frontmatter 5/21/01 3:07 PM Page iv ...


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