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Irish sign language : a cognitive linguistic account

Author: Lorraine Leeson; John I Saeed
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2012.
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Book, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Lorraine Leeson; John I Saeed
ISBN: 9780748638239 0748638237 9780748656295 0748656294 9780748656509 0748656502 9780748656301 0748656308
OCLC Number: 798311760
Notes: 1 DVD in plastic pocket inside back cover.
Description: xii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 DVD
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
1.1. Introducing Irish Sign Language --
1.2. Signs of Ireland corpus --
1.3. cognitive perspective on Irish Sign Language --
1.3.1. Linguistic knowledge is encyclopaedic and non-autonomous --
1.3.2. Linguistic meaning is perspectival --
1.3.3. Linguistic meaning is dynamic and flexible --
1.3.4. Linguistic knowledge is based on usage and experience --
1.3.5. How does this link to our discussion of ISL? --
1.4. structure of this book --
1.5. Some notes on transcription conventions used in this volume --
2. What Is a Signed Language? --
2.1. Introduction --
2.2. design features of language: do they hold for signed languages? --
2.3. What is unique about signed languages? --
2.4. Summary --
3. Historical and Social Context --
3.1. Introduction --
3.2. Did someone `invent' ISL? --
3.3. Schools, policy and language --
3.3.1. first schools for the deaf in Ireland --
3.3.2. Protestant schools --
3.3.3. Catholic response --
3.4. Educational policy and sign language --
3.5. ISL and other signed languages --
3.5.1. ISL in Australia --
3.5.2. ISL in South Africa --
3.5.3. ISL in the UK --
3.6. Who uses Irish Sign Language today? --
3.7. social status of ISL users --
3.8. Variation within ISL --
3.8.1. Gender and age variation in ISL --
3.8.2. Geographical variation --
3.9. Children's acquisition of ISL --
3.10. official status of ISL --
3.11. Summary --
4. Phonetics and Phonology of ISL --
4.1. Introduction --
4.2. Phonetics --
4.3. phonetics of ISL --
4.4. phonology of ISL --
4.5. Manual signs --
4.5.1. Handshape --
4.5.2. Location --
4.5.3. Movement --
4.5.4. Orientation --
4.6. Non-manual features --
4.6.1. Beyond the hands --
4.6.2. Mouthings and mouth gestures --
4.7. Constraints and phonological processes --
4.7.1. Perceptual constraints on ISL --
4.7.2. Production constraints on ISL --
4.8. Summary --
5. Inflectional and Derivational Morphology --
5.1. Introduction --
5.2. Words and morphemes --
5.2.1. Loci --
5.3. Grammatical morphemes --
5.4. Morphological verb classes in ISL --
5.5. Number --
5.6. Aspect --
5.7. Classifier predicates --
5.7.1. Whole entity-CL stems --
5.7.2. Extension-CL stems --
5.7.3. Handle entity-CL stems --
5.7.4. Body-CL stems --
5.8. Compounds --
5.8.1. Features of ISL compounds --
5.8.2. Constraints on compound formation --
5.9. Manner --
5.10. Summary --
6. ISL Lexicon --
6.1. Introduction --
6.2. ISL lexicon --
6.3. established lexicon --
6.3.1. English-influenced signs --
6.3.2. Borrowed signs --
6.3.3. Iconic signs --
6.4. productive lexicon --
6.5. Gestural substrate --
6.6. Male and female varieties --
6.7. Summary --
7. Syntax --
7.1. Introduction --
7.2. building blocks of syntax: nouns, verbs and other categories --
7.2.1. Noun phrases --
7.2.1.1. Names --
7.2.1.2. Nouns --
7.2.1.3. Pronouns --
7.2.2. Verbs --
7.2.3. Adjectives and adverbs --
7.2.4. Prepositions --
7.3. Sentence types: statements, questions and imperatives --
7.4. Negation --
7.5. Time in the sentence --
7.6. Constituent order and simultaneity --
7.7. Complex sentences --
7.7.1. Co-ordination --
7.7.2. Clause combining --
7.8. Conclusion --
8. Discourse --
8.1. Introduction --
8.2. What we know about discourse in signed languages --
8.3. Managing conversational interaction --
8.3.1. Gaining attention --
8.3.2. Cultural and linguistic politeness --
8.4. Discourse cohesion --
8.4.1. Embodiment and perspective: signer's viewpoint is privileged --
8.4.2. Event spaces --
8.4.3. Deictic systems --
8.4.3.1. Reference shifting in action and dialogue --
8.4.3.2. Body partitioning --
8.4.4. Explicit establishment of discourse topics --
8.4.5. Specific time reference in discourse --
8.4.6. Discourse use of connectives --
8.5. Simultaneous constructions and discourse structure --
8.5.1. Foregrounding and backgrounding strategies --
8.5.2. Marking episodes: in-lap --
8.5.3. Marking emphasis: mirroring --
8.5.4. Buoys --
8.5.4.1. Fragment buoys --
8.5.4.2. Theme buoys --
8.5.4.3. List buoys --
8.5.4.4. Pointer buoys --
8.6. Summary --
9. Towards a Cognitive Account of Signed Languages --
9.1. Introduction --
9.2. Embodiment --
9.3. Lexical concepts and real-world knowledge --
9.4. Metonymy and metaphor --
9.5. Mental spaces --
9.6. Conceptual blending --
9.7. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Lorraine Leeson and John I. Saeed.

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