9780805842692

Perspectives on Classifier Constructions in Sign Languages

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    9780805842692

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    0805842691

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-03-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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Summary

Classifier constructions are universal to sign languages and exhibit unique properties that arise from the nature of the visual-gestural modality. The major goals are to bring to light critical issues related to the study of classifier constructions and to present state-of-the-art linguistic and psycholinguistic analyses of these constructions. It is hoped that by doing so, more researchers will be inspired to investigate the nature of classifier constructions across signed languages and further explore the unique aspects of these forms. The papers in this volume discuss the following issues: *how sign language classifiers differ from spoken languages; *cross-linguistic variation in sign language classifier systems; *the role of gesture; *the nature of morpho-syntactic and phonological constraints on classifier constructions; *the grammaticization process for these forms; and *the acquisition of classifier forms. Divided into four parts, groups of papers focus on a particular set of issues, and commentary papers end each section.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
PART I: THE SYNTAX AND MORPHOLOGY OF CLASSIFIERS IN SIGN LANGUAGE
1(110)
Rethinking `Classifiers' in Signed Languages
3(32)
Adam Schembri
Noun and Verbal Classifiers in Swedish Sign Language
35(18)
Brita Bergman
Lars Wallin
Classifier Constructions and Morphology in Two Sign Languages
53(34)
Mark Aronoff
Irit Meir
Carol Padden
Wendy Sandler
Commentary
Classifiers in Spoken and in Signed Languages: How to Know More
87(4)
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Classifier Systems in the Context of a Typology of Nominal Classification
91(20)
Colette Grinevald
PART II: CROSS-LINGUISTIC VARIATIONS IN CLASSIFIER CONSTRUCTIONS AND SPATIAL LANGUAGE
111(86)
`Classificatory' Constructions in Indo-Pakistani Sign Language: Grammaticalization and Lexicalization Processes
113(30)
Ulrike Zeshan
Verbs of Motion and Location in Hong Kong Sign Language: Conflation and Lexicalization
143(26)
Gladys Tang
Commentary
167(2)
The Representation of Spatial Structure in Spoken and Signed Language
169(28)
Leonard Talmy
PART III: CLASSIFIER CONSTRUCTIONS AND GESTURE
197(72)
Sources of Meaning in ASL Classifier Predicates
199(22)
Scott K. Liddell
Categorical Versus Gradient Properties of Classifier Constructions in ASL
221(28)
Karen Emmorey
Melissa Herzig
Commentary
247(2)
Revisiting Visual Analogy in ASL Classifier Predicates
249(10)
Ted Supalla
Gesture in Language: Issues for Sign Language Research
259(10)
Susan Duncan
PART IV: THE ACQUISITION OF CLASSIFIER CONSTRUCTIONS
269(64)
A Cognitive/Functional Perspective on the Acquisition of ``Classifiers''
271(26)
Dan I. Slobin
Nini Hoiting
Marlon Kuntze
Reyna Lindert
Amy Weinberg
Jennie Pyers
Michelle Anthony
Yael Biederman
Helen Thumann
The Development of Reference Switching Encoded Through Body Classifiers in British Sign Language
297(14)
Gary Morgan
Bencie Woll
How Composite Is a Fall? Adults' and Childrens' Descriptions of Different Types of Falls in Danish Sign Language
311(22)
Elizabeth Engberg-Pedersen
Author Index 333(4)
Subject Index 337

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