Irish Sign Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach

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Edinburgh University Press, 31 mai 2012 - 257 pages
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As the only book of its kind, this book describes the social and historical background of this signed language and places Irish Sign Language in a world context. The Signs of Ireland corpus is used to introduce phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.It also examines the key influences driving signed language linguistics in the past decade, including: recognition of the role of gesture; the influence of cognitive linguistics; the complexities of iconic representation in signing space; the role of simultaneous construction; and the grammar of ISL. All examples listed are drawn from the Signs of Ireland corpus, one of the largest digital corpora of a signed language in Europe, and are included on the accompanying DVD. An essential resource for sign language teachers and interpreters, students of sign linguistics, and learners of ISL in Ireland, this book offers new insights into the role of gesture, spatial models, iconicity, metaphor, and metonymy in ISL grammar, vocabulary and discourse.
 

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Table des matières

1 Introduction
1
2 What Is a Signed Language?
13
3 The Historical and Social Context
28
4 The Phonetics and Phonology of ISL
60
5 Infl ectional and Derivational Morphology
90
6 The ISL Lexicon
125
7 Syntax
149
8 Discourse
175
9 Towards a Cognitive Account of Signed Languages
209
References
224
Index of Names
238
General Index
241
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Lorraine Leeson is Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies at the Trinity College Dublin.

John Saeed is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Trinity College Dublin.

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