ERIC Number: ED364103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Sign Languages: An Introduction to Their Social Context and Their Structure. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 36.
Research into the sign languages of the deaf is reviewed, particularly as it relates to the study and use of sign language in the Irish context. The first section offers an overview of deafness, the deaf experience, acquisition of linguistic and social identity, the sociology of the deaf community, and the role of sign language. Subsequent sections examine characteristics of and research into the following areas: sign phonology (including handshapes, place of articulation, movement, orientation, constraints on combinations of lexical items, and restrictions on combinations of sublexical components); sign morphology (including the role of classifiers, derivational morphology, inflectional morphology, and morphological modification of nouns and the predicate); and sign language as discourse using space for its structure. A 60-item bibliography is included, and appended materials include illustrations of American Sign Language (ASL) handshapes and transcription symbols, an alternative system for describing the formational properties of ASL, illustrations of minimal contrasts in ASL, a feature system for describing handshape, illustrations of derivational and inflectional ASL morphology, and ASL recursive devices. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Ireland