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Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introductionby Clayton Valli
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Completely reorganized to reflect the growing intricacy of the study of ASL linguistics, the 5th edition presents 26 units in seven parts. Part One: Introduction presents a revision of Defining Language and an entirely new unit, Defining Linguistics. Part Two: Phonology has been completely updated with new terminology and examples. The third part, Morphology, features units on building new signs, deriving nouns from verbs, compounds, fingerspelling, and numeral incorporation. Part Four: Syntax includes units on basic sentence types, lexical categories, word order, time and aspect, verbs, and the function of space. The fifth part, Semantics, offers updates on the meanings of individual signs and sentences.
Part Six: Language in Use showcases an entirely new section on Black ASL in the unit on Variation and Historical Change. The units on bilingualism and language and ASL discourse have been thoroughly revised and updated, and the Language as Art unit has been enhanced with a new section on ASL in film. Two new readings update Part Seven, and all text illustrations have been replaced by video stills from the expanded DVD. Also, signs described only with written explanations in past editions now have both photographic samples in the text and full demonstrations in the DVD.
Book News Annotation:
Four linguists at Gallaudet University--Miako Villanueva coming on board with this edition--update their textbook introducing the structure of American Sign Language (ASL) to undergraduate students who are fluent users of the language. Changes in the field as well as classroom experience teaching from the book have informed the changes. A new chapter has been added on syntax to join others on the main areas of linguistic study: phonology, morphology, semantics, and language in use. Several new readings are also included. The disk demonstrates figures in the text, then presents a number of stories, poems, and conversations in ASL. The first edition was published in 1995, and the previous in 2005. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Completely reorganized to reflect the growing intricacy of the study of ASL linguistics, the 5th edition presents 26 units in seven parts, including new sections on Black ASL and new sign demonstrations in the DVD.
About the Author
Clayton Valli was Assistant Professor in the Master’s Interpreting Program at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Ceil Lucas is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.
Kristin J. Mulrooney is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.
Miako Villanueva is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.
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