Sign language : the study of deaf people and their language

J.G. Kyle and B. Woll ; with G. Pullen and F. Maddix

The discovery of the importance of sign language in the deaf community is very recent indeed. This book provides a study of the communication and culture of deaf people, and particularly of the deaf community in Britain. The authors' principal aim is to inform educators, psychologists, linguists and professionals working with deaf people about the rich language the deaf have developed for themselves - a language of movement and space, of the hands and of the eyes, of abstract communication as well as iconic story telling. The first chapters of the book discuss the history of sign language use, its social aspects and the issues surrounding the language acquisition of deaf children (BSL) follows, and the authors also consider how the signs come into existence, change over time and alter their meanings, and how BSL compares and contrasts with spoken languages and other signed languages. Subsequent chapters examine sign language learning from a psychological perspective and other cognitive issues. The book concludes with a consideration of the applications of sign language research, particularly in the contentious field of education. There is still much to be discovered about sign language and the deaf community, but the authors have succeeded in providing an extensive framework on which other researchers can build, from which professionals can develop a coherent practice for their work with deaf people, and from which hearing parents of deaf children can draw the confidence to understand their children's world.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. The deaf community
  • 2. British Sign Language
  • 3. Historical aspects of BSL
  • 4. Sign language acquisition
  • 5. The building blocks of sign language
  • 6. The structure of signs
  • 7. Sign morphology and syntax: the grammar of BSL
  • 8. Comparing sign languages
  • 9. Learning and using BSL
  • 10. The psychology of sign
  • 11. Sign language interpreting
  • 12. Sign language in schools
  • 13. Which sign language?
  • 14. Developments for sign language
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Subject index
  • Index of signs in the text
  • Index of names in the text.

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書名 Sign language : the study of deaf people and their language
著作者等 Kyle, J. G.
Woll, B.
Maddix F.
Pullen G.
Woll Bencie
Kyle Jim G.
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1985
ページ数 viii, 318 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521357179
NCID BA00309385
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス