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Linguistics of American Sign Language
An Introduction

Updated Revised Third Edition

Clayton Valli
and Ceil Lucas

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Unrivaled among linguistic works on American Sign Language, exceptionally well written and illustrated, this volume provides an open door for nonsigners to begin to appreciate ASL.

--Study of Second Language Acquisition

Since its last incarnation five years ago, Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction has been revised and expanded to incorporate the significant findings in this discipline during this period. The new Linguistics of American Sign Language features recent discoveries on the creation of iconic signs in ASL, why ASL signs are distinct from gestures used in spoken languages, and the relationship between metaphor and iconicity in signed languages. The authors have also added to the new edition the state-of-the-art results of Lucas's five-year study of variation in ASL, along with new supplemental readings on theoretical and methodological issues in analyzing variation in signed languages.

The section on the function of space has also been substantially rewritten to reflect the current research, revealing that space can have many functions in ASL, including articulatory, morphological, referential, and locative; and can also be used to show frame of reference and narrative perspective. Also, the third edition of Linguistics of American Sign Language introduces a new area of study, the artistic forms of ASL, including storytelling, percussion signing, drama, comedy, and poetry.

References in the new Linguistics of American Sign Language have been completely updated, but the authoritative readings on linguistic concepts remain intact. These readings thoroughly address the fundamentals of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the use of language. Individual units on these basic linguistic categories have been designed to stimulate discussion about the ongoing development of ASL linguistic theory.

Linguistics of American Sign Language also features homework questions, themes for classroom interaction, and study sheets centering on a story signed in ASL on the course videotape. Each unit provides an exercise that requires students to view the story, then observe the use of specific signs isolated for close linguistic analysis, an invaluable process performed throughout the course.

Clayton Valli was Assistant Professor in the Masters Interpreting Program at Gallaudet University.

Ceil Lucas is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Interpretation at Gallaudet University.

ISBN 1-56368-097-1, 7 x 10 casebound, 272 pages, illustrations, photographs, notes, references, index


Linguistics of American Sign Language Videotape

ISBN 1-56368-107-2, VHS, running time 80 minutes


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