A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language

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Taylor & Francis, 2008 - Education - 332 pages
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This English version of A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language, which received the Bahat Award for most outstanding book for a general audience in its Hebrew edition, is an introduction to sign language using Israeli Sign Language (ISL) as a model. Authors Irit Meir and Wendy Sandler offer a glimpse into a number of fascinating descriptions of the ISL community to which linguists and other researchers may not have access. An underlying premise of the book is that language is a mental system with universal properties, and that language lives through people.

A clear and engaging read, A Language in Space addresses relevant aspects of sign language, including the most abstract questions and matters related to society and community. Divided into three parts, the book covers:

  • the linguistic structure of Israeli Sign Language;
  • the language and its community; and
  • a broad depiction of ISL and the contribution of sign language research to linguistic theory.

This book is intended for linguists (with or without a background in sign language), psychologists, sociologists, educators, students, and anyone with an interest in the human capacity for language.

 

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Contents

PART ITHE LINGUISTIC STRUCTURE
11
Chapter 2The Basic Components of
19
Simple and Complex Words
37
The Pronominal System
59
Verb Agreement
75
Chapter 6Tenses and Aspects
89
Chapter 8Word Order
121
Chapter 9Negative and Interrogative Sentences
133
Part ISummary and Conclusion
181
Chapter 12The Emergence and Development of ISL
217
Chapter 13Voices from the Community
239
Chapter 15The Contribution of Sign Languages
277
Appendix AList of Handshapes of Israeli Sign Language
307
References
313
Author Index
323
Copyright

Facial Expression in ISL
159

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About the author (2008)

Wendy Sandler is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Haifa, Israel.

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