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The Linguistics of British Sign Language
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521631426

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  • This is the first textbook dealing specifically with British sign linguistics. It provides essential support for learners of British Sign Language and others interested in the structure and use of BSL, and assumes no previous knowledge of linguistics and sign language. Technical terms and linguistic jargon are kept to a minimum. The book contains over three hundred illustrations and an index of signs and sign phrases. There are also exercises and a reading list for further independent study.

    • The first book dealing exclusively and in depth with the linguistics of British Sign Language
    • It assumes no previous knowledge of linguistics or of British Sign Language
    • It contains over three hundred illustrations
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    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521631426
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 368 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Conventions used in the text
    1. Linguistics and sign linguistics
    2. BSL in its social context
    3. Constructing sign sentences
    4. Questions and negation
    5. Mouth patterns and non-manual features in BSL
    6. Morphology and morphemes in BSL
    7. Aspect, manner and mood
    8. Space types and verb types in BSL
    9. The structure of gestures and signs
    10. Visual motivation and metaphor
    11. The established and productive lexicons
    12. Borrowing and naming signs
    13. Socially unacceptable signs
    14. Extended use of language in BSL
    Table of illustrations
    Index
    Index of signs
    Bibliography.

  • Authors

    Rachel Sutton-Spence, University of Bristol

    Bencie Woll, University College London

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