Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia : Cultural, Semiotic and Communicative Perspectives

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Originally 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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  • Paperback | 562 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 40mm | 879.99g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1107414210
  • 9781107414211
  • 750,046

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