A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language by Irit Meir

By Irit Meir

This English version of A Language in area: the tale of Israeli signal Language, which acquired the Bahat Award for many extraordinary booklet for a normal viewers in its Hebrew version, is an advent to signal language utilizing Israeli signal Language (ISL) as a version. Authors Irit Meir and Wendy Sandler supply a glimpse right into a variety of interesting descriptions of the ISL neighborhood to which linguists and different researchers would possibly not have entry. An underlying premise of the ebook is that language is a psychological method with common houses, and that language lives via humans. a transparent and fascinating learn, A Language in house addresses suitable facets of signal language, together with the main summary questions and issues with regards to society and group. Divided into 3 elements, the ebook covers: the linguistic constitution of Israeli signal Language; the language and its group; and a wide depiction of ISL and the contribution of signal language examine to linguistic idea. This ebook is meant for linguists (with or and not using a heritage in signal language), psychologists, sociologists, educators, scholars, and somebody with an curiosity within the human means for language.

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Does a visual language have the ability to create complex words? What structural means does it employ? Chapter 3 focuses on the structure of the words in the ISL lexicon, and lays out various ways in which the language can create complex words to enrich its vocabulary. Some of these mechanisms are familiar from spoken languages, such as the use of prefixes and suffixes. But certain morphological processes in ISL and, as we will show, in other sign languages as well, are unique to visual languages, such as the ability to represent ch02_8112_Meir_LEA 5/1/07 6:49 PM Page 13 THE LINGUISTIC STRUCTURE OF ISRAELI SIGN LANGUAGE 13 an entity iconically, by directly representing some visual feature of that entity with the hands.

Chapter 9). The linguistics of British Sign Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. For those with a linguistics background Brentari, D. (1998). A prosodic model of sign language phonology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. , & Lillo-Martin, D. C. (2006). (Unit 3: Phonology). Sign language and linguistic universals. New York: Cambridge University Press. ch03_8112_Meir_LEA 7/6/07 9:10 AM Page 37 3 Vocabulary: Simple and Complex Words In the previous chapter we demonstrated that sign languages have the means to combine and recombine meaningless primitives to make new words, leading to a potentially rich lexicon.

In the 45 years since the publication of Stokoe’s pioneering monograph, new research on sign language phonology has proceeded in parallel with innovative research in the phonology of spoken language, and comparison of the two systems has produced more interesting and detailed ways of analyzing phonology in general. This work, exploring, for example, different ways in which phonological structure may be sequential and simultaneous, has deepened our understanding of the essential nature of phonology in human language.

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