Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction

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Gallaudet University Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 493 pages
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Contents

Basic Concepts
1
PHONOLOGY
17
Signs Have Parts
19
The Stokoe System
25
The Concept of Sequentiality in the Description of Signs
30
The MovementHold Model
37
Phonological Processes
42
Summary
47
Variation and Historical Change
167
ASL Discourse
175
Bilingualism and Language Contact
183
Language as Art
190
SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS
197
Analyzing Signs
199
What Do You Know When You Know a Language?
219
Prescriptive vs Descriptive Rules of Grammar
223

MORPHOLOGY
49
Phonology vs Morphology
51
Deriving Nouns from Verbs in ASL
53
Compounds
58
Lexicalized Fingerspelling and Loan Signs
64
Numeral Incorporation
72
The Function of Space in ASL
76
Classifier Predicates and Locative Verbs
78
Classifier Predicates and Signer Perspective
88
SubjectObject Agreement
93
Pronouns and Determiners
101
Temporal Aspect
107
Derivational and Inflectional Morphology
112
Time in ASL
115
SYNTAX
119
Definitions
121
Simple Sentences with Plain Verbs
132
Simple Sentences with Agreement Verbs
136
Basic Sentence Types
139
SEMANTICS
147
The Meaning of Individual Signs
149
The Meaning of Sentences
159
LANGUAGE IN USE
165
Arbitrariness in Language
226
A Simple Idea
231
Introduction to A Dictionary of American Sign Language
243
The Sounds of Speech
259
The Value of Sounds Phonemes
262
The Phonological Base
267
The Minimal Units of Meaning Morphemes
307
The Hierarchical Structure of Words
311
Word Formation Processes
314
The Confluence of Space and Language in Signed Languages
318
A Class of Determiners in ASL
347
Sentences and Their Structure
354
The Study of Sentence Structure
358
The Study of Meaning
374
The Origin of American Dialects
389
Variation at Different Levels
392
Theoretical and Methodological Issues
394
Sociolinguistic Aspects of the Black Deaf Community
416
Toward a Description of Register Variation in American Sign Language
429
Features of Discourse in an American Sign Language Lecture
443
Language Contact in the American Deaf Community
458
Index
481
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About the author (2000)

Clayton Valli was Assistant Professor in the Master’ s Interpreting Program at Gallaudet University, a renowned linguist who coauthored the "Linguistics of American Sign Language," and also a gifted ASL poet. "The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language" is dedicated to his memory.

Clayton Valli was Assistant Professor in the Master’ s Interpreting Program at Gallaudet University.
Ceil Lucas is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.
Kristin J. Mulrooney is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.

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