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Completely Revised and Updated with New DVD

The 4th Edition of Linguistics of American Sign Language Makes its Debut

The Press launches its fall 2005 season with the all-new, completely revised fourth edition of Clayton Valli, Ceil Lucas, and Kristen Mulrooney’s Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction. Long established as the authoritative text in its field, this new edition features a completely revised section on morphology and syntax, 18 new and updated readings, and new homework assignments based on the accompanying DVD. The DVD contains a wide variety of signing examples, ranging from a 1913 film of George Veditz, a former president of the National Association of the Deaf, to interviews of deaf subjects who were part of a national research project on sociolinguistic variation in 2001.

The authors introduce this exciting new volume by stating, “Our first goal is to teach the basic concepts of linguistics as they pertain to American Sign Language (ASL) structure. To this end, we introduce fundamental areas of linguistic inquiry—phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the use of language—and discuss the phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and sociolinguistic structure of ASL. Our second goal is  to teach students to think critically about the structure of ASL and about claims that researchers make about the structure. We encourage students not to memorize linguistic facts, but rather to think about language structure.”

View the text table of contents and the DVD contents, and also read an excerpt from part 3, Morphology and Syntax. And, order Linguistics of American Sign Language, 4th Edition at your exclusive subscriber discount rate of 20% off the regular price.

“Meticulously compiled and expertly edited by Elizabeth A. Winston, Educational Interpreting: How It Can Succeed, is a scholarly anthology of essays by learned authors concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the practice of educational interpreting for deaf students.” This glowing appraisal was expressed in the May 2005 issue of Wisconsin Bookwatch, the library newsletter from The Midwest Book Review. The review concludes with, “A welcome contribution to deaf studies and a critical assessment of the skill of educational interpretation itself.” Divided into three parts—Deaf Students, Interpreting and Interpreters, and Improving Interpreted Education—this incisive book explores the current state of educational interpreting, why it fails, and how it can succeed by defining the knowledge and skills interpreters must have and developing standards of practice and assessment. Read chapter six, “Competencies of K–12 Educational Interpreters: What We Need versus What We Have”, and order Educational Interpreting.

CHOICE Magazine praised Genetics, Disability, and Deafness, edited by John Vickrey Van Cleve, in its May 2005 issue: “Historically, deafness is believed to be the natural elimination of ‘bad’ genes (eugenics). Under the Nazi regime, many countries took away deaf people’s rights, including the rights to give birth or even to live. People usually view deafness as a disease. However, among the deaf population, deafness is just something unique, and no negativity is associated with it. In a discussion on the Bedouin community, Shifra Kisch provides new insights into how deafness is perceived. The Abu-Shara people regard deafness as simply a gift from God; being deaf is not much different from being tall or short. Genetic causes account for more than 60 percent of all deafness. The section on hereditary deafness provides a brief discussion of the genetic aspect of deafness, including the notorious connexin 26 gene. All in all, this is a very comprehensive book that provides a 360-degree look at deafness. The editor has done a good job compiling a wide variety of essays that discuss hearing impairment in its medical, cultural, historical, and genetic aspects. Readers will find this book easy, informative, and fun to read.” Read Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand’s paper, “The Science of Human Nature and the Human Nature of Science,” and order Genetics, Disability, and Deafness.

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