Current Issues in ALS Phonology

Current Issues in ALS Phonology

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A book for academics and advanced students in linguistics and cognitive science, particularly those with an interest in phonology, sign language, and psycholinguistics and more specifically those with an interest in the nature of abstract articulatory representations in human language. "Current Issues in ASL Phonology" is a carefully-choses collection of essays which address theoretical issues in the phronology of the American Signed Language (ASL) of the deaf. While the papers deal directly with the internal study of ASL, the also address more general topics regarding the phonological structure of human language. It describes the abstract patterning of formational units in sign language with an inventory of features and discussions of how such features and segments are put together. Furthermore it answers such questions as: what units function as basic level segments in ASL?; how are these units grouped into norae and/or syllables in ASL?; what is the nature of ASL phonological tiers?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 158.75 x 241.3 x 19.05mm | 703.06g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • references, index
  • 0121932702
  • 9780121932701

Table of contents

Introduction, G.R. Coulter and S.R. Anderson; secondary licensing and the nondominant hand in ASL phonology, D. Brentari and J. Goldsmith; the nature of constrainst on the nondominant hand in ASL, J. Blevins; to branch or not to branch - underspecification in ASL handshape contours, D.P. Corina; reflections on the nature of ASL and the development of ASL linguistics - comments on a paper by David Corina, J.P. Gee; linearization of phonological tiers in ASL, W. Sandler; response to Sandler's "Linearization of Phonological Tiers in ASL", C.A. Padden; syllables and segments - hold the movement and move the holds!, R.B. Wilbur; a psycholinguistic perspective on phonological segmentation in sign and speech, R.P. Meier; holds and positions - comparing two models of segmentation in ASL, S.K. Liddel; against movement - comments on Liddell's paper, B. Hayes; sonority and syllable structure in American sign language, D.M. Perimutter; phrase-level prosody in ASL - final lengthening and phrasal contours, G.R. Coulter; linguistic expression and its relation to modality, S.R. Anderson.
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