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Contents Preface vii Part One: Phonology Why Not GIVE US: An Articulatory Constraint in Signed Languages 1 Gaurav Mathur and Christian Rathmann Weak Drop in Sign Language of the Netherlands 27 Els van der Kooij Part Two: Morphology and Syntax The Discourse Function of Noun Classifiers in Swedish Sign Language 45 Brita Bergman and Lars Wallin Signs without Hands: Nonhanded Signs in American Sign Language 62 Valerie L. Dively Motion and Transfer: The Analysis of Two Verb Classes in Israeli Sign Language 74 Irit Meir Part Three: Psycholinguistics Functional Consequences of Modality: Spatial Coding in Working Memory for Signs 91 Margaret Wilson and Karen Emmorey Part Four: Language Acquisition Proximalization and Distalization of Sign Movement in Adult Learners 103 Gene Mirus, Christian Rathmann, and Richard P. Meier v 00 (i-x) Frontmatter 5/21/01 3:07 PM Page v The Emergence of Narrative Discourse in Two Young Deaf Children 120 Astrid Vercaingne-Ménard, Lucie Godard, and Marie Labelle Part Five: Sociolinguistics Analyzing Variation in Sign Languages: Theoretical and Methodological Issues 135 Rob Hoopes, Mary Rose, Robert Bayley, Ceil Lucas, Alyssa Wulf, Karen Petronio, and Steven Collins Politeness and Venezuelan Sign Language 163 Lourdes Pietrosemoli ASL in Northern Nigeria: Will Hausa Sign Language Survive? 180 Constanze Schmaling Part Six: Poetics Complex Superposition of Metaphors in an ASL Poem 197 Sarah F. Taub British Sign Language Poetry: A Linguistic Analysis of the Work of Dorothy Miles 231 Rachel Sutton-Spence Appendix: Transcription Conventions 243 Contributors 245 Index 247 vi Contents 00 (i-x) Frontmatter 5/21/01 3:07 PM Page vi ...


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