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Sign languages are of great interest to linguists because, while they are produced by the same brain, their physical transmission differs greatly from that of spoken languages. Wendy Sandler and Diane Lillo-Martin compare spoken languages with those that are signed, in order to seek universal properties of human languages. No prior background in sign language linguistics is assumed, and numerous pictures are provided to make descriptions accessible to readers.
About the Author :
Wendy Sandler has contributed to Sign Language and Linguistic Universals as an author.
Irit Meir's research interests lie in studying the interaction between linguistic structure and the physical modality through which the language is transmitted, and the interaction between linguistic structure and other conceptual categories, such as spatial relations. Her graduate work, on verb agreement in Israeli Sign Language, reveals the interaction between morphology and spatial thematic roles in the structure of ISL verbs, and pinpoints significant differences as well as points of resemblance between signed and spoken languages. In pursuit of understanding how modality affects grammatic
|Title:||Sign Language and Linguistic Universals||Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Author:||Wendy Sandler, Diane Lillo Martin|
|No. of Pages:||547|
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