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Primary Movement in Sign Languages
A Study of Six Languages

Donna Jo Napoli, Mark
Mai, and Nicholas Gaw

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From The Midwest Book Review

Sign language, like verbal language, has many diversions of culture and of dialect. Primary Movement in Sign Languages is a scholarly study of the roots of language and study from Donna Jo Napoli, Nicholas Gaw, and Mark Mai. Even within cultures bound by the spoken English language, American, British, and Australian sign languages have differing gestures. Looking for the root movements of sign language to understand a basis of the many types of signing, and comparing how they take hold in newly emerging versions of sign language, Primary Movement in Sign Languages proves to be an intriguing study of the linguistics of signing.

Donna Jo Napoli is Professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

Mark Mai, a student at the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, received his BA in linguistics at Swarthmore College.

Nicholas Gaw, a political professional in Washington, DC, received his BA in history and linguistics at Swarthmore College.

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