Nonmanuals in Sign Language

| University of Göttingen
| University of Göttingen
ISBN 9789027202727 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027271747 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
In addition to the hands, sign languages make extensive use of nonmanual articulators such as the body, head, and face to convey linguistic information. This collected volume focuses on the forms and functions of nonmanuals in sign languages. The articles discuss various aspects of specific nonmanual markers in different sign languages and enhance the fact that nonmanuals are an essential part of sign language grammar. Approaching the topic from empirical, theoretical, and computational perspectives, the book is of special interest to sign language researchers, typologists, and theoretical as well as computational linguists that are curious about language and modality. The articles investigate phenomena such as mouth gestures, agreement, negation, topicalization, and semantic operators, and discuss general topics such as language and modality, simultaneity, computer animation, and the interfaces between syntax, semantics, and prosody.

Originally published in Sign Language & Linguistics 14:1 (2011).

[Benjamins Current Topics, 53]  2013.  v, 197 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Nonmanuals in sign languages
Annika Herrmann and Markus Steinbach
Syntax and prosodic consequences in ASL: Evidence from multiple WH-questions
Sarah Churng
Negation in Turkish Sign Language: The syntax of nonmanual markers
Kadir Gökgöz
Eye gaze and verb agreement in German Sign Language: A first glance
Jana Hosemann
Mouth gestures in British Sign Language: A case study of tongue protrusion in BSL narratives
Donna Lewin and Adam C. Schembri
Nonmanual markings for topic constructions in Hong Kong Sign Language
Felix Sze
Nonmanuals, semantic operators, domain marking, and the solution to two outstanding puzzles in ASL
Ronnie B. Wilbur
Linguistics as structure in computer animation: Toward a more effective synthesis of brow motion in American Sign Language
Rosalee Wolfe, Peter Cook, John C. McDonald and Jerry Schnepp
“For sign language linguists, this is a very welcome addition to the growing literature on the subject. For general linguists (and for gesture researchers) it can also serve as an introduction to the breadth of the subject.”
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Negation in Turkish Sign Language


Nonmanual markings for topic constructions in Hong Kong Sign Language


Linguistics as structure in computer animation


BIC Subject: CFZ – Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013015230