Sign Language in Papua New Guinea

A primary sign language from the Upper Lagaip Valley, Enga Province

| Cambridge University
ISBN 9789027204530 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027261823 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
This book presents in revised form and as a single monograph three papers on a sign language from the Enga Province of Papua New Guinea. Originally published in 1980, for more than twenty years these papers remained the only report of a sign language from that part of the world. The detailed descriptive analyses that the author provided are still fresh today, and in some respects they anticipate insights into the nature of sign languages that were not further explored until much more recently. The monograph is accompanied by two essays: Sherman Wilcox comments on value and relevance of the author’s work in the light of much more recent work on the linguistics of sign languages. An essay by Lauren Reed and Alan Rumsey provides an up to date survey of what is now known about sign languages in Papua New Guinea. Information about sign languages in the Solomon Island is also included.
[Not in series, 226]  2020.  xvii, 201 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Films used in the analysis
Conventions for signs and utterance examples: Conventions followed in referring to signs in the text and in the presentation of examples of signed utterances
Chapter 1. General properties of signs
Chapter 2. Processes of sign formation
Chapter 3. Iconicity: How signs relate to their referents
Chapter 4. On the uses of pointing
Chapter 5. Concurrent action
Chapter 6. Aspects of discourse construction
Chapter 7. Conclusions
Appendix: Signs from the Upper Lagaip Valley (Enga) described
Sign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
Lauren W. Reed and Alan Rumsey
Kendon’s work on a signed language from the Enga Province of Papua New Guinea: Some Implications
Sherman Wilcox
Name Index
Topic Index


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BIC Subject: CFZ – Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication
BISAC Subject: LAN017000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Sign Language
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019039757