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The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL
Its History and Structure

Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, and Joseph Hill
in collaboration with Roxanne King, Pamela Baldwin, and Randall Hogue

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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 a professor in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University.

Ceil Lucas is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.

Robert Bayley is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis.

Joseph Hill is an assistant professor in the Department of ASL and Interpreting Education at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY.

ISBN 978-1-56368-489-0, 6 x 9 casebound, 214 pages, 51 tables, 35 figures, DVD


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