Sign Languages in Village Communities

Sign Languages in Village Communities

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The book is a unique collection of research on sign languages that have emerged in rural communities with a high incidence of, often hereditary, deafness. These qvillage sign languagesq represent the latest addition to the comparative investigation of languages in the gestural modality. With analyses and primary data from eleven different rural communities, the volume represents the first concerted effort by leading experts in both anthropology and linguistics to capture the social dynamics of qdeaf villagesq. The chapters address pertinent issues in contemporary linguistics, such as cross-modal contact situations, typological diversity across sign languages and the impact of language modality on linguistic structure.sampled from two dialogic conversations and one monologue narrative by five different signers. ... above that child-directed signing may sometimes disfavor the use of non-manual markers because of the associated affective meanings inanbsp;...

Title:Sign Languages in Village Communities
Author: Ulrike Zeshan, Connie de Vos
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2012-10-30

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