Simultaneity in Signed Languages

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| Research Foundation - Flanders & Vrije Universiteit Brussel
| University of Dublin
| Radboud University, Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027247964 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027292957 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
Signed language users can draw on a range of articulators when expressing linguistic messages, including the hands, torso, eye gaze, and mouth. Sometimes these articulators work in tandem to produce one lexical item while in other instances they operate to convey different types of information simultaneously. Over the past fifteen years, there has been a growing interest in the issue of simultaneity in signed languages. However, this book is the first to offer a comprehensive treatment of this topic, presenting a collection of papers dealing with different aspects of simultaneity in a range of related and unrelated signed languages, in descriptive and cross-linguistic treatments which are set in different theoretical frameworks. This volume has relevance for those interested in sign linguistics, in teaching and learning signed languages, and is also highly recommended to anyone interested in the fundamental underpinnings of human language and the effects of signed versus spoken modality.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 281]  2007.  viii, 360 pp. (incl. CD-Rom)
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Simultaneity in Signed Languages. A String of Sequentially Organised Issues
Myriam Vermeerbergen, Lorraine Leeson and Onno A. Crasborn
Locative Functions of Simultaneous Perspective Constructions in German Sign Language Narratives
Pamela Perniss
Conceptual Blending and the Windowing of Attention in Simultaneous Constructions in Irish Sign Language
Lorraine Leeson and John Saeed
A Cognitive Linguistic View of Simultaneity in Process Signs in French Sign Language
Annie Risler
Simultaneity in French Sign Language Discourse
Marie-Anne Sallandre
Simultaneous Constructions in Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana)
Victoria Nyst
Mouthings and Simultaneity in British Sign Language
Rachel Sutton-Spence
The Non-Dominant Hand in a Swedish Sign Language Discourse
Anna-Lena Nilsson
A Crosslinguistic Comparison of Buoys. Evidence from American, Norwegian, and Swedish Sign Language
Scott K. Liddell, Marit Vogt-Svendsen and Brita Bergman
Point Buoys: The Weak Hand as a Point of Reference for Time and Space
Marit Vogt-Svendsen and Brita Bergman
Simultaneous Use of the Two Hands in Jordanian Sign Language
Bernadet Hendriks
Sign + Gesture = Speech + Gesture? Comparing Aspects of Simultaneity in Flemish Sign Language to Instances of Concurrent Speech and Gesture
Myriam Vermeerbergen and Eline Demey
Acquisition of Simultaneous Constructions by Deaf Children of Hong Kong Sign Language
Gladys Tang, Felix Y.B. Sze and Scholastica Wai Sze Lam
Simultaneity in Atypical Signers: Implications for the Structure of Signed Language
Martha E. Tyrone
Perspectives on Linearity and Simultaneity
Bencie Woll
Index of Names
Index of Languages
Index of Terms
“A collection of novel descriptions and analyses of simultaneous phenomena beyond the phonological level in a wide range of sign languages. Next to their inherent interest, they will certainly provide the thrust for additional investigations into such a central aspect to our understanding of the human faculty of language and its interaction with other cognitive modules.”
“As the study of signed languages matures, we become increasingly confident about exploring those elements where the phenomena we're addressing may differ most strikingly from the patterns with which 'mainstream' linguistics is most familiar. This book concentrates on one such element, simultaneity, and permits us to see with enhanced clarity how signers exploit the rich articulatory potential of their milieu to achieve an exceptional grammatical elegance. These well-contextualised analyses both underline once again the challenges sign linguists are presenting to our understanding of how language can be and, at the same time, testify to the expressive 'world-in-your-hands' vitality that drives signed discourse.”
“An incredible cross-linguistic collection on one of the most important topics in signed language research today. At a time when linguists have begun to turn from finding similarities between signed and spoken languages to finding features that set signed languages apart typologically, the investigation of simultaneity in signed language articulation is groundbreaking. In this volume we learn much about the complex nature of constructions in signed languages and how multi-faceted events are reflected in these multi-part structures.”
“[...] this volume brings together diverse approaches to simultaneity in signed languages in a very accessible way. Containing material from a range of scholars, it offers a fresh insight into the current issues surrounding this topic. This is a significant contribution to the literature in sign linguistics, and anyone interested in the field should not let this book pas them by.”
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