The Phonetics of Fingerspelling

| University of New Mexico
ISBN 9789027243348 (Eur) | EUR 95.00
ISBN 9781556193903 (USA) | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027277190 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
We now know that natural signed languages such as American Sign Language, French Sign Language, British Sign Language and others are fully independent languages. But natural signed languages are only one way of conveying language in the visual/gestural modality. Signed languages also have mechanisms for representing the material of oral languages. Fingerspelling is one example of such a representational system. This book examines fingerspelling from a phonetic perspective. Several studies of the kinematics of fingerspelling articulators are reported. From these detailed analyses of articulator timings and velocities, conclusions are drawn which suggest that, like speech, fingerspelling may be explained in terms of coordinative structures and task dynamics. The thrust of the book is to explore the notion that signed and spoken languages can be compared not only as abstract linguistic systems but also at the physical level as dynamically structured articulations. An implication of these studies is that a common basis in gesture can be found for the production, perception, and neural organization of signed and spoken languages.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Linguistic Approach to Fingerspelling
The Structure of Signed Languages
Lexical Borrowing
Research on Fingerspelling
Fingerspelling as a Research Tool
Models of Fingerspelling
The Production and Perception of Fingerspelling
Learning to Fingerspell
Fingerspelling Fluency
Coarticulation in Fingerspelling
Kinematics, Dynamics, and Articulatory Movements
Organization of the Studies
Chapter 2: Learning to Fingerspell
Adult Acquisition of Fingerspelling
Chapter 3: The Measurement of Fingerspelling Movement
Methods and Procedures for Motion Analysis Studies
Chapter 4: Targets and Transitions
Models Revisited
The Salience of Targets and Transitions
Dynamic Modeling of Phonetic Structure
Chapter 5: Towards a Dynamics of Fingerspelling
From Kinematics to Dynamics
Fingerspelling Speed
Cooperativity in Fingerspelling Production
Chapter 6: Future Directions in Signed Language Research
The Linguistic Study of Fingerspelling
Limitations and Suggestions for Further Study
Sign Science and Speech Science: The Search for Unity
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