LIDDELL, SCOTT K.
Title Grammar, Gesture, And Meaning In American Sign Language.
Book Condition Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book.
Publisher Cambridge University Press, Cambridge:
0521816203 / 9780521816205
Seller ID 42210X1
In sign languages of the deaf some signs can meaningfully point toward things or can be meaningfully placed in the space ahead of the signer. This obligatory part of fluent grammatical signing has no parallel in vocally produced languages. This book focuses on American Sign Language to examine the grammatical and conceptual purposes served by these directional signs. It guides the reader through ASL grammar, the different categories of directional signs, the types of spatial representations signs are directed toward, how such spatial conceptions can be represented in mental space theory, and the conceptual purposes served by these signs. The book demonstrates a remarkable integration of grammar and gesture in the service of constructing meaning. These results also suggest that our concept of 'language' has been much too narrow and that a more comprehensive look at vocally produced languages will reveal the same integration of gestural, gradient, and symbolic elements. This book challenges customary notions of what constitutes 'language,' integrates Mental Space theory and Cognitive Grammar theory (previously viewed as separate domains), and contains over 900 photos illustrating examples of American Sign Language and its actual use in context - helping to make the book accessible to non-signers. The contents of the book is as follows: 1. American Sign Language as a language; 2. A sketch of the grammar of ASL; 3. Pronouns and real space; 4. Indicating verbs and real space; 5. Surrogates; 6. Directing signs at locations and things; 7. Tokens; 8. Buoys; 9. Depicting verbs; 10. Five brothers; 11. Grammar, gesture, and meaning.
(Key Words: American Sign Language, Deaf, ASL, Scott K. Liddell, Gesture, Language).