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Sign language linguists show here that all questions relevant to the linguistic investigation of spoken languages can be asked about sign languages. Conversely, questions that sign language linguists consider - even if spoken language researchers have not asked them yet - should also be asked of spoken languages. The HSK handbook Sign Language aims to provide a concise and comprehensive overview of the state of the art in sign language linguistics. It includes 44 chapters, written by leading researchers in the field, that address issues in language typology, sign language grammar, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and language documentation and transcription. Crucially, all topics are presented in a way that makes them accessible to linguists who are not familiar with sign language linguistics.
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Designed to inform educators, psychologists, linguists, and professionals working with deaf people about the rich language the deaf have developed for themselves. Provides a broad framework on which researchers and professionals who work with the deaf can build.From the Back Cover:
This book provides a study of the communication and culture of deaf people, and particularly of the deaf community in Britain. The authors' principle aim is to inform educators, psychologist, linguists and professionals working with deaf people about the rich language the deaf have developed for themselves.
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