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Some Observations on Research Methodology in Lexicostatistical Studies of Sign Languages

James Woodward

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
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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


Sign Language Geography

Carol A. Padden

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
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9780199866359
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chapter
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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


Interrogatives in Ban Khor Sign Language: A Preliminary Description

Angela M. Nonaka

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
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9780199866359
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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

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
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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


Do Deaf Children Eat Deaf Carrots?

Paul Scott

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
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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


Village Sign Languages: A Commentary

Ulrike Zeshan

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
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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


Introduction: Why Go around the Deaf World?

Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
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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

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
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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


The Language Politics of Japanese Sign Language (Nihon Shuwa)

Karen Nakamura

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
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9780199866359
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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

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
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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


Getting to the Point: How a Simple Gesture Became a Linguistic Element in Nicaraguan Signing

Ann Senghas and Marie Coppola

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter pays particular attention to the contribution of generations of child learners, who actively change their language as they inherit it. The researchers consider the fact that over the ... More


Sources of Handshape Error in First-Time Signers of ASL

Deborah Chen Pichler

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter reports on a study that investigates the phenomenon of “sign accent,” or systematic phonological errors made by nonsigners attempting to mimic isolated ASL signs. The study has ... More


Gesture First or Speech First in Language Origins?

Adam Kendon

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

After an overview of the debate about whether spoken or sign language came first, the author challenges its founding assumption, that languages are monomodalic, by reporting on a study of Italians ... More


Acquisition of Topicalization in Very Late Learners of Libras: Degrees of Resilience in Language

Sandra K. Wood

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter describes the necessary ingredients for learning language, asking what degree of competency is possible for a homesigner when they acquire sign language late, with different amounts of ... More


Modality and Language in the Second Language Acquisition of American Sign Language

Russell S. Rosen

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

Many studies of second language learning regarding sign languages are phonetic, where the modality difference between spoken and sign languages is most apparent. However, studies of phonological, ... More


Pluralization: An Alternative to the Existing Hegemony in JSL

Soya Mori

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0020
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

The author of this chapter has been advising the Myanmar government on policy regarding deaf people. Because Myanmar does not have a national deaf community, a national sign language cannot emerge ... More


A Critical Period for the Acquisition of a Theory of Mind?: Clues from Homesigners

Cyril Courtin

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter fills in the French situation and complements chapter 5’s questioning about the linguistic achievement of homesigners by asking whether homesigns are sufficient to help the child develop ... More


Some Observations on Form-Meaning Correspondences in Two Types of Verbs in ASL

Paul G. Dudis

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
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January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter continues discussion of linguistic characteristics unique to sign languages by looking at structures and conceptual work needed in integrating visual imagery into the proper use of ... More


Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China

Jun Hui Yang

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0021
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

In the Chinese social situation, heath care, education, and employment are consistent family concerns. While 80 percent of deaf children receive an education now, many do not use standardized Chinese ... More


Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in India

Madan M. Vasishta

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

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2010
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January 2011
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9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0022
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

Attention shifts to another developing country, India. The chapter highlights the two main problems hampering deaf rights: lack of appreciation of Deaf culture and lack of successful role models. ... More


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