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Subject: Hand Talk: Davis
 

	
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Title: Hand Talk 
Subtitle: Sign Language among American Indian Nations 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	
Author: Jeffrey E. Davis

Hardback: ISBN:  9780521870108 Pages: 274 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9780521690300 Pages: 274 Price: U.K. £ 19.99


Abstract:

American Indian nations of the Great Plains and cultural groups bordering this 
geographic area spoke so many different languages that verbal communication
between them was difficult. As extensive trade networks developed and
political alliances became necessary, an elegant language of the hands
developed that cut across spoken language barriers. Though now endangered,
this sign language continues to serve a vital role in traditional
storytelling, rituals, legends, prayers, conversational narratives, and as
a primary language of American Indians who are deaf. This volume contains
the most current descriptions of all levels of the language from phonology
to discourse, as well as comparisons with other sign languages. This is the
first work of its kind to be produced in more than a century, and is
intended for students of sign language as well as those wishing to learn
more about American Indian languages and cultures.

- The first work of this depth and scope produced in more than a century,
fills 
a major gap in the general and research literature 
- Rare photographs enable readers to view the sign language being described 
- The accompanying website includes films demonstrating the sign language 
in action 



Contents

1. The language landscape; 
2. Earliest historical linguistic accounts; 
3. A national treasure; 
4. Early sign language studies; 
5. The spectrum of discourse; 
6. The convergence of anthropology and linguistics; 
7. Comparative studies of historical relatedness; 
8. Linguistic analysis of PISL; 
9. Conclusions.

Reviews

'With its very comprehensive account of the study and structure of Plains 
Indian Sign Language, with the valuable links that it provides to sign 
languages used by deaf people and with its accompanying website, this 
volume is a wonderful and timely resource.' Ceil Lucas, Gallaudet University

'This is not just another book! It is a riveting narrative of an endangered 
Native American sign language that has served an essential role in Native 
American culture and life. For sign language studies, Native American 
studies, linguistics, anthropology, and a host of other allied
professionals, as 
well as for the American public, Jeff Davis has made a momentous 
professional and social contribution. This is a landmark work that deserves 
the widest professional and popular audience.' Walt Wolfram, North Carolina 
State University 


Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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