||It’s Not What You Sign, It’s How You Sign It
Politeness in American Sign Language
From The Midwest Book Review’s library newsletter Wisconsin Bookwatch
Written by Jack Hoza, It’s Not What You Sign, It’s How You Sign It: Politeness in American Sign Language is an analysis of linguistic strategies employed by ASL signers as compared to English speakers, with regard to the social variables of specific contexts. Chapters contrast requests in ASL and English, rejections in ASL and English, the interconnection between fluency and politeness, and much more. A scholarly text ideal for intermediate to advanced linguistic students and scholars, It’s Not What You Sign, It’s How You Sign It is a welcome contribution to language and communication studies shelves.
Jack Hoza is a professor and director of the ASL/English Interpreting Program at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. He is the son of deaf parents.