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McCaskill (American Sign Language and deaf studies), Ceil Lucas (linguistics, both Gallaudet U.), Robert Bayley (linguistics, U. of California-Davis), and Joseph Hill (specialized education, U. of North Carolina-Greensboro) present a book and video disk exploring Black American Sign Language (ASL). They describe the socio-historical reality that made a separate variety of ASL possible, and the features of what is called Black ASL. They also investigate whether Black ASL displays the same kinds of features that have been identified for African American English. Finally, they look for unique features of the variety and analyze the linguistic and social factors that condition their use.
Carolyn McCaskill is Professor, Department of ASL and Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Ceil Lucas is Professor, Department of Linguistics, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Joseph Hill is Assistant Professor, Department of Specialized Education Services, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC.
Robert Bayley is Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Davis, CA.
ISBN 978-1-56368-489-0, 6 x 9 casebound, 240 pages, tables, figures, index, references, DVD
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