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From: Daniel Davies < ddavies at cambridge.org >
Subject: Language from the Body: Taub
 

	
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Title: Language from the Body 
Subtitle: Iconicity and Metaphor in American Sign Language 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521158602 


Author: Sarah F Taub

Electronic: ISBN:  9780511034138 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 60.00
Hardback: ISBN:  9780521770620 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 52.00 Comment: published in 2001
Paperback: ISBN:  9780521158602 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 11.99


Abstract:

New Edition

What is the role of meaning in linguistic theory? Generative linguists have 
severely limited the influence of meaning, claiming that language is not 
affected by other cognitive processes and that semantics does not influence 
linguistic form. Conversely, cognitivist and functionalist linguists
believe that meaning pervades and motivates all levels of linguistic
structure. This dispute can be resolved conclusively by evidence from
signed languages. Signed languages are full of iconic linguistic items:
words, inflections, and even syntactic constructions with structural
similarities between their physical form and their referents' form. Iconic
items can have concrete meanings and also abstract meanings through
conceptual metaphors. Language from the Body rebuts the generativist
linguistic theories which separate form and meaning and asserts that
iconicity can only be described in a cognitivist framework where meaning
can influence form.

- Serves as a brief introduction to cognitive linguistics 
- Written in an accessible style appropriate for non-specialists 
- Includes analysis of American Sign Language poem 



Contents

1. A glimpse of the material; 
2. Motivation and linguistic theory; 
3. Iconicity defined and demonstrated; 
4. The analogue-building model of linguistic iconicity; 
5. Survey of iconicity in signed and spoken languages; 
6. Metaphor in American Sign Language: the double mapping; 
7. Many metaphors in a single sign; 
8. The vertical scale as source domain; 
9. Verb agreement paths in American Sign Language; 
10. Complex superposition of metaphors in an American Sign Language poem; 
11. The future of signed-language research; 
Appendices; 
References; 
Index. 


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                     Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): American Sign Language (ase)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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