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Subject: 18.1422, Books: Language Description: Johnston, Schembri

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Date: 02-May-2007
From: Daniel Davies < ddavies at cambridge.org >
Subject: Australian Sign Language (Auslan): Johnston, Schembri

 

	
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Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 10:29:58
From: Daniel Davies < ddavies at cambridge.org >
Subject: Australian Sign Language (Auslan): Johnston, Schembri 
 



Title: Australian Sign Language (Auslan) 
Subtitle: An introduction to sign language linguistics 
Publication Year: 2007 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521540568 


Author: Trevor Johnston
Author: Adam Schembri

Electronic: ISBN: 9780511266 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 30.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521832 Pages: 338 Price: U.S. $ 85.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521540 Pages: 338 Price: U.S. $ 36.99


Abstract:

This is first comprehensive introduction to the linguistics of Auslan, the
sign language of Australia. Assuming no prior background in language study,
it explores each key aspect of the structure of Auslan, providing an
accessible overview of its grammar (how sentences are structured),
phonology (the building blocks of signs), morphology (the structure of
signs), lexicon (vocabulary), semantics (how meaning is created), and
discourse (how Auslan is used in context). The authors also discuss a range
of myths and misunderstandings about sign languages, provide an insight
into the history and development of Auslan, and show how Auslan is related
to other sign languages, such as those used in Britain, the USA and New
Zealand. Complete with clear illustrations of the signs in use and useful
further reading lists, this is an ideal resource for anyone interested in
Auslan, as well as those seeking a clear, general introduction to sign
language linguistics. 



1. Signed languages and linguistics; 
2. Auslan in social context; 
3. Auslan and other signed languages; 
4. Phonetics and phonology: the building blocks of signs; 
5. Morphology: sign formation and modification; 
6. Lexicon: the structure of Auslan vocabulary; 
7. Syntax: the structure of sentences in Auslan; 
8. Semantics and pragmatics: sign meaning and sentence meaning; 
9. Discourse: structure and use above the sentence; 
10. Issues in the study of signed languages. 


Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Australian Sign Language (asf)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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