Sign Language Among North American Indians

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Courier Corporation, 1881 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 290 pages
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Fascinating, wide-ranging study by expert on the subject describes and illustrates signs used for specific words — "antelope," "brave," "trade," "yes," — for phrases, sentences and even dialogues. Scores of diagrams show precise movements of body and hands for signing. Of great interest to students of linguistics and Native American culture.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTORY
269
DIVISIONS OF GESTURE SPEECH
270
THE ORIGIN OF SIGN LANGUAGE
273
SOME THEORIES UPON PRIMITIVE LANGUAGE
282
HISTORY OF GESTURE LANGUAGE
285
MODERN USE OF GESTURE SPEECH
293
OUR INDIAN CONDITIONS FAVORABLE TO SIGN LANGUAGE
311
THEORIES ENTERTAINED RESPECTING INDIAN SIGNS
313
PROPER NAMES
476
PHRASES
479
DIALOGUES
486
NARRATIVES
500
DISCOURSES
521
SIGNALS
529
SIGNALS IN WHICH OBJECTS ARE USED IN CONNECTION WITH PERSONAL ACTION
532
SIGNALS MADE WHEN THE PERSON OF THE SIGNALIST IS NOT VISIBLE
536

RESULTS SOUGHT IN THE STUDY OF SIGN LANGUAGE
346
NOTABLE POINTS FOR FURTHER RESEARCHES
387
MODE IN WHICH RESEARCHES HAVE BEEN MADE
395
LIST OF AUTHORITIES AND COLLABORATORS
401
EXTRACTS FROM DICTIONARY
409
TRIBAL SIGNS
458
SCHEME OF ILLUSTRATION
544
OUTLINES FOR ARM POSITIONS IN SIGN LANGUAGE
545
TYPES OF HAND POSITIONS IN SIGN LANGUAGE
547
EXAMPLES
550
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