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The Analysis of Signed Languages  

Sherman Wilcox and Phyllis Perrin Wilcox

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Feb 2015
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Jul 2015
This chapter presents a brief history and overview of the analysis of signed languages. Signed languages are natural human languages used by deaf people throughout the world. The authors ... More

The Black ASL (American Sign Language) Project: An Overview  

Joseph Hill, Carolyn McCaskill, Robert Bayley, and Ceil Lucas

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Jul 2015
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Aug 2015
The socio-historical reality of the segregation era defined the geographical and racial isolation of residential state schools for the deaf that led to the development of Black American ... More

Grammaticalization in sign languages  

Roland Pfau and Markus Steinbach

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers the factors and processes associated with grammaticalisation in sign languages. It provides commentaries on the methodological challenges diachronic sign language ... More

Historical Change in Signed Languages  

Sherman Wilcox and Corrine Occhino

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Nov 2016
Signed languages are natural human languages used by deaf people around the world as their primary language. This chapter explores the linguistic study of signed language, their linguistic ... More

Information Structure in Sign Languages  

Vadim Kimmelman and Roland Pfau

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Jul 2016
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Apr 2014
This chapter demonstrates that the Information Structure notions Topic and Focus are relevant for sign languages, just as they are for spoken languages. Data from various sign languages ... More

Modality and Mood in American Sign Language  

Barbara Shaffer and Terry Janzen

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Jul 2016
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Dec 2015
This chapter surveys the expression of modality and mood in American Sign Language (ASL), with a focus on modality and, specifically, modal verbs. Beyond sentence types, mood has not been ... More

Native American Signed Languages  

Jeffrey Davis

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May 2017
This chapter highlights the linguistic study of Native American signed language varieties, which are broadly referred to as American Indian Sign Language (AISL). It describes how ... More

The origins of language in manual gestures  

Michael C. Corballis

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article explores the origins of language in manual gestures. Humans have the capacity to produce complex intentional gestures either vocally or manually and either system can serve as ... More

Sign Language Acquisition  

Richard P. Meier

This essay considers the acquisition of sign languages as first languages. Most deaf children are born to hearing parents, but a minority have deaf parents. Deaf children of deaf parents ... More

Signed Language Interpreting  

Jemina Napier

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes signed language interpreting (SLI) as an emerging discipline. It provides a survey of the history and characteristics of SLI, the settings where signed language ... More

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