Irish Sign Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Account

Front Cover
Edinburgh University Press, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
The only comprehensive, empirically driven, description of Irish Sign Language. As the only book of its kind, this book describes the social and historical background of this signed language and places Irish Sign Language in a world context. The Signs of Ireland corpus is used to introduce phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.It also examines the key influences driving signed language linguistics in the past decade, including: recognition of the role of gesture; the influence of cognitive linguistics; the complexities of iconic representation in signing space; the role of simultaneous construction; and the grammar of ISL. All examples listed are drawn from the Signs of Ireland corpus, one of the largest digital corpora of a signed language in Europe, and are included on the accompanying DVD. An essential resource for sign language teachers and interpreters, students of sign linguistics, and learners of ISL in Ireland, this book offers new insights into the role of gesture, spatial models, iconicity, metaphor, and metonymy in ISL grammar, vocabulary and discourse.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2012)


Lorraine Leeson is Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies at the Trinity College Dublin.

John Saeed is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Trinity College Dublin.

Bibliographic information