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The Gestural Origin of Language

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195163483
eISBN:
9780199867523
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163483.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This book uses evidence from and about sign languages to explore the origins of language as we know it today. According to the model presented in this book, it is sign, not spoken languages, that is ... More


Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This is a compendium of work by scholars and activists involved in deaf matters. The introduction chapter sets up the global context; it is followed by twelve chapters, seven of which deal with the ... More


Epilogue: A Vision of Unity

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

in The Gestural Origin of Language

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195163483
eISBN:
9780199867523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163483.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This concluding chapter presents a summary of the main argument of the book, which is that signed languages are in an important sense not unique, that they are merely manifestations of the human ... More


Do Deaf Children Eat Deaf Carrots?

Paul Scott

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0023
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

The author of this chapter works as exactly the sort of social, cultural and language role model that deaf children need, as argued in previous chapters. He describes methods in teaching deaf ... More


Sign Language Geography

Carol A. Padden

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

There are multiple difficulties in knowing how many sign languages exist and in determining which are genetically related. This chapter compares the situation in North America with that of the Middle ... More


Some Observations on Research Methodology in Lexicostatistical Studies of Sign Languages

James Woodward

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter gives an overview of how historical linguists classify languages into families. While the comparative method and internal reconstruction are preferable when abundant data are available, ... More


Interrogatives in Ban Khor Sign Language: A Preliminary Description

Angela M. Nonaka

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter looks at question formation in a sign language isolate in Thailand that until recently was undocumented and undescribed. Interrogatives are found in every language, but like other ... More


Sign Language Humor, Human Singularities, and the Origins of Language

Donna Jo Napoli and Rachel Sutton-Spence

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter offers evidence consistent with the proposal that sign languages preceded spoken languages in the evolution of language. Using conceptual integration theory, the authors argue that what ... More


The Emergence of Argument Structure in Two New Sign Languages *

Irit Meir

in Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199544325
eISBN:
9780191720536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

The chapter investigates how a new language develops devices for marking argument structure, by investigating two young sign languages, Israeli Sign Language (ISL) and Al‐Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language ... More


Prologue: Vision to Voice

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

in The Gestural Origin of Language

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195163483
eISBN:
9780199867523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163483.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This prologue begins with a description of an old thought experiment. The experiment imagines a situation where twenty-four human infants, twelve males and twelve females, are raised in a setting ... More


Village Sign Languages: A Commentary

Ulrike Zeshan

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

The study of village sign languages is at the forefront of new approaches to developing a typology of languages. Indeed, recent research has shown that the study of village sign disconfirms some of ... More


The Language Politics of Japanese Sign Language (Nihon Shuwa)

Karen Nakamura

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0019
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter outlines difficulties in determining a national sign language, examining language ideologies. The author witnessed political fragmentation in Japan, as the older generation, represented ... More


Two Types of Nonconcatenative Morphology in Signed Languages

Gaurav Mathur and Christian Rathmann

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter examines morphological processes in sign languages, with an eye toward understanding morphology that changes internal properties of a sign. Cross-linguistic comparisons of German, ... More


Code Choices and Consequences: Implications for Educational Interpreting

Jeffrey E. Davis

in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education: Directions for Research and Practice

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195176940
eISBN:
9780199869978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof/9780195176940.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter focuses on interpreting in K-12 educational contexts. It describes linguistic demands and strategies that are applicable across a wide range of interpreting settings, and are relevant to ... More


The Role of Broca’s Area in Sign Language

Karen Emmorey

in Broca's Region

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195177640
eISBN:
9780199864799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177640.003.0011
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience

Broca's area (Brodmann areas 44/45) and the immediately surrounding cortex have been shown to play a role in several aspects of linguistic, as well as nonlinguistic, processing. Given the ... More


Introduction: Why Go around the Deaf World?

Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0000
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This introduction is an overview of the book’s goals, with a brief summary of each chapter. The book followed an eponymous conference at Swarthmore College in 2008 at which activists and scholars in ... More


A Point Well Taken: On the Typology and Diachrony of Pointing

Roland Pfau

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter pulls in cross-linguistic observations about the development and use of pointing, whether as a gesture or a sign, from both communities that use spoken languages (in Laos, Thailand, ... More


Conceptual Spaces and Embodied Actions

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

in The Gestural Origin of Language

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195163483
eISBN:
9780199867523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163483.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines evidence for the ubiquity of iconicity in signed languages, a consequence of their transmission in the visual medium. Adopting a cognitive grammar framework, the iconic ... More


Invention of Visual Languages

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

in The Gestural Origin of Language

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195163483
eISBN:
9780199867523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163483.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines archeological evidence for the invention of writing and historical evidence concerning the emergence of the signed languages for the deaf to support the theory that language ... More


Factors that Influence the Acquisition of ASL for Interpreting Students

David Quinto‐Pozos

in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education: Directions for Research and Practice

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195176940
eISBN:
9780199869978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof/9780195176940.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter highlights some areas that are particularly important to address at the present time—both in language instruction and research on the adult acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL). ... More


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