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Itís Not What You Sign,
Itís How You Sign It
Politeness in American Sign Language

Jack Hoza

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1   PolitenessóItís How You Say It

2   Exploring Linguistic Strategies

3   Requests In ASL And English

4   Rejections In ASL And English

5   Two Nonmanual Modifiers That Mitigate Smaller Threats To Face

6   Three Nonmanual Modifiers That Mitigate More Severe Threats To Face

7   Language Fluency And Politeness

8   Why It Matters How You Say It

Appendix I: Transcription Conventions

Appendix II: Discourse Completion Test

Appendix III: Brown and Levinsonís (1987) Politeness Strategies Arranged by the Categories Used in This Book



Jack Hoza is Director of the Sign Language Interpretation Program at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH.

ISBN 978-1-56368-352-7, 6 x 9 casebound, 248 pages, tables, figures, photographs, references, index


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