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    DescriptionOriginally published in 1988, this was the first book-length study ever to be published on the subject of sign language as a means of communication among Australian Aborigines. The work presented in this book filled an important gap in Aboriginal ethnography and linguistics. It also marked a major advance in the understanding of the relationship between medium of expression, code structure and communication; the processes by which spoken language may be represented in a non-vocal medium; and native speaker awareness of spoken language structure. Based on fieldwork conducted over a span of nine years, the volume presents a thorough analysis of the structure of sign languages and their relationship to spoken languages.

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    Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
    Cultural, Semiotic and Communicative Perspectives
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adam Kendon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 562
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 880 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107414211
    ISBN 10: 1107414210

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MBF
    Ingram Subject Code: RB
    BIC subject category V2: CFB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    Libri: I-RB
    B&T General Subject: 480
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Abridged Dewey: 428
    LC classification: P
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: REF018000
    DC22: 001.56
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2PB
    B&T Approval Code: A22250000
    BIC subject category V2: 1MBF, CFZ, 2PB
    DC23: 302.20899915
    Thema V1.0: CFB, CFZ
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    21 March 2013
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    Table of contents
    List of illustrations; Preface; Orthographic conventions and descriptive terms; 1. Introduction; 2. Aboriginal sign languages observed: a history; 3. Aboriginal sign languages observed: geographical review; 4. North central desert background; 5. Sign structures; 6. Sign forming and sign meaning; 7. Sign organization and word structure; 8. Signing spoken language grammar; 9. Discourse in sign and speech; 10. Signing and speaking simultaneously; 11. Signs of kinship; 12. Comparing Aboriginal sign languages; 13. Australian Aboriginal sign languages and other semiotic systems; 14. Aboriginal interaction and Aboriginal sign language; Appendix I. Sign notation symbols; Appendix II. Two versions of a Warlpiri story; References; Index of signs; General index.