Languages: Discoveries from International Research
Clearly, the contents of this volume reflect a broad range of topics from both formal and functional schools of thought. In addition, despite the fact that the TISLR conference was held in the United States and despite the historical prevalence of ASL (both in research and missionary zeal), less than half of the chapters focus on American Sign Language as the language of discussion. The international scope of these papers raises the constant issue faced by all linguists, that of transcription. The transcription conventions used here are provided in the appendix (however, variations on these conventions will be addressed in individual chapters).Finally, we would like to thank all who supported our work as the editorial team for these proceedings. We are grateful to those who assisted in reviewing the papers for the proceedings, to the authors for their work in preparing their manuscripts for publication, and to Jayne McKenzie and Ethylyn DeStefano for their assistance throughout the editing process. In addition, we are indebted to all those at Gallaudet University Press who have made this book possible, including Mary Gawlik, copy editor; Christina Findlay, editor; and Ivey Pittle Wallace, managing editor. Special thanks are due to the members of the 1998 TISLR conference organizing committee, especially Ceil Lucas and Scott Liddell, who cochaired the conference and whose efforts made it such a booming success. We also thank the Department of American Sign Language, Linguistics, and Interpretation; the School of Communication; and the College of Continuing Education at Gallaudet University for sponsoring the conference. We hope that you will find the reading of these papers as interesting as we found the compilation and editing of them.