Italian Sign Language from a Cognitive and Socio-semiotic Perspective

Implications for a general language theory

Virginia Volterra | Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR
Maria Roccaforte | University of Rome “Sapienza”
Alessio Di Renzo | Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR
Sabina Fontana | University of Catania
ISBN 9789027211002 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027257840 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This volume reveals new insights on the faculty of language. By proposing a new approach in the analysis and description of Italian Sign Language (LIS), that can be extended also to other sign languages, this book also enlightens some aspects of spoken languages, which were often overlooked in the past and only recently have been brought to the fore and described.
First, the study of face-to-face communication leads to a revision of the traditional dichotomy between linguistic and enacted, to develop a new approach to embodied language (Kendon, 2004).
Second, all structures of language take on a sociolinguistic and pragmatic meaning, as proposed by cognitive semantics, which considers it impossible to trace a separation between purely linguistic and extralinguistic knowledge.
Finally, if speech from the point of view of its materiality is variable, fragile, and non-segmentable (i.e. not systematically discrete), also signs are not always segmentable into discrete, invariable and meaningless units. This then calls into question some of the properties traditionally associated with human languages in general, notably that of ‘duality of patterning’.
These are only some of the main issues you will find in this volume that has no parallel both in sign and in spoken languages linguistic research.
[Gesture Studies, 9]  2022.  vi, 220 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFZ – Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication
BISAC Subject: LAN017000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Sign Language
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2022012169