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Grammar, Gesture, and Meaning in American Sign Language

ISBN: 9780521016506
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2003-03-24
Number of pages: 400
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In the sign languages of the deaf some signs can meaningfully point toward things or can be meaningfully placed in the space ahead of the signer. Such spatial uses of signs are an obligatory part of fluent grammatical signing. There is no parallel for this in vocally produced languages. This book focuses on American Sign Language to examine the grammatical and conceptual purposes served by these directional signs and demonstrates a remarkable integration of grammar and gesture in the service of constructing meaning.

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