The Linguistics of British Sign Language

An Introduction


Author: Rachel Sutton-Spence,Bencie Woll

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521637183

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 299

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This is the first detailed explanation of the way British Sign Language works and is the product of many years' experience of research and teaching sign linguistics to deaf and hearing people. It assumes no previous knowledge of linguistics or sign language, and is not structured around traditional headings such as phonology, morphology and syntax. Instead it is set out in such a way as to help learners and their teachers understand the linguistic principles behind the language. There are sections on BSL grammar and also on the use of BSL, including social acceptability in signing, variation, and poetry and humour in BSL. Technical terms and linguistic jargon are kept to a minimum, and the text contains many examples from English, BSL, and other spoken and sign languages. The book is amply illustrated and contains exercises, as well as a reading list for further study. An accompanying 90-minute DVD is available from Talk With Sign Books. To find out more, visit

The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages


Author: Ceil Lucas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794749

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 259

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An accessible introduction to the major areas of sociolinguistics as they relate to sign languages and deaf communities.

Dictionary of British Sign Language/English


Author: David Brien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571143467

Category: British Sign Language

Page: 1084

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British Sign Language (B.S.L.) is the visual gestural language of the Deaf community in Britain and is the first or preferred language of over 70,000 people. This is the first major B.S.L./English Dictionary to be published. It contains over 1,800 photographed sign entries ordered by linguistic principles according to the visual characteristics of the language. Each entry is notated with a description of how to produce the sign. A guide to the meaning(s) of each sign is provided in English. The dictionary will be of particular interest to hearing and Deaf people (and their tutors) engaged in learning B.S.L. or English as a second language. Whether you want to learn B.S.L or teach it - or just improve your vocabulary - the Dictionary of British Sign Language is the authoritative place to begin. The Dictionary of British Sign Language was compiled for the British Deaf Association by the Deaf Studies Research Unit at the University of Durham.

Research Methods in Sign Language Studies

A Practical Guide


Author: Eleni Orfanidou,Bencie Woll,Gary Morgan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118271416

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 5873

Research Methods in Sign Language Studies is a landmark work on sign language research, which spans the fields of linguistics, experimental and developmental psychology, brain research, and language assessment. Examines a broad range of topics, including ethical and political issues, key methodologies, and the collection of linguistic, cognitive, neuroscientific, and neuropsychological data Provides tips and recommendations to improve research quality at all levels and encourages readers to approach the field from the perspective of diversity rather than disability Incorporates research on sign languages from Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa Brings together top researchers on the subject from around the world, including many who are themselves deaf

Sign Language

The Study of Deaf People and Their Language


Author: Jim G. Kyle,James Kyle,Bencie Woll,G. Pullen,F. Maddix

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521357173

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 318

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This book provides a study of the communication and culture of deaf people, particularly among a community of the deaf in Britain. The authors' goal is to inform educators, psychologists, linguists, and professionals working with deaf people about the rich language the deaf have developed for themselves--a language of movement and space, of the hands and the eyes, of abstract communication as well as iconic story-telling. Early chapters discuss the history of sign language use, its social aspects and the issues surrounding the language acquisition of deaf children. The book's core examines the linguistic and psychological study of British Sign Language and compares and contrasts it with other signed languages. The book concludes with an examination of the applications of sign language research, particularly to education.

Nonmanuals in Sign Language


Author: Annika Herrmann,Markus Steinbach

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027271747

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 197

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In addition to the hands, sign languages make extensive use of nonmanual articulators such as the body, head, and face to convey linguistic information. This collected volume focuses on the forms and functions of nonmanuals in sign languages. The articles discuss various aspects of specific nonmanual markers in different sign languages and enhance the fact that nonmanuals are an essential part of sign language grammar. Approaching the topic from empirical, theoretical, and computational perspectives, the book is of special interest to sign language researchers, typologists, and theoretical as well as computational linguists that are curious about language and modality. The articles investigate phenomena such as mouth gestures, agreement, negation, topicalization, and semantic operators, and discuss general topics such as language and modality, simultaneity, computer animation, and the interfaces between syntax, semantics, and prosody.Originally published in Sign Language & Linguistics 14:1 (2011)

British Sign Language

A Beginner's Guide


Author: Dorothy Miles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780563211341

Category: British Sign Language

Page: 141

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This work is for anyone, hearing or deaf, who is interested in sign language, and will be particularly useful to parents of deaf children and anyone with deaf relatives, friends, neighbours or colleagues.

Theology without Words

Theology in the Deaf Community


Author: Dr Wayne Morris

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409477975

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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This book is a study of a Christian theology without words, focussing on theology in the Deaf Community. Deaf people's first and preferred method of communication is not English or any other spoken language, but British Sign Language - a language that cannot be written down. Deaf people of faith attend church on a regular basis, profess faith in God and have developed unique approaches to doing theology. While most Western theology is word-centred and is either expressed through or dependent on written texts, theology in the Deaf Community is largely non-written. This book presents and examines some of that theology from the Deaf Community and argues that written texts are not necessary for creative theological debate, a deep spirituality or for ideas about God to develop.

Multilingual Aspects of Signed Language Communication and Disorder


Author: David Quinto-Pozos

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1783091320

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Inquiry into signed languages has added to what is known about structural variation and language, language learning, and cognitive processing of language. However, comparatively little research has focused on communication disorders in signed language users. For some deaf children, atypicality is viewed as a phase that they will outgrow, and this results in late identification of linguistic or cognitive deficits that might have been addressed earlier. This volume takes a step towards describing different types of atypicality in language communicated in the signed modality such as linguistic impairment caused by deficits in visual processing, difficulties with motor movements, and neurological decline. Chapters within the book also consider communication differences in hearing children acquiring signed and spoken languages.