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The Signs of Language

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674807969

Publication Date: 10/15/1988


432 pages

6-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches

23 halftones, 184 line illustrations, 16 tables


  • Introduction
  • I. The Two Faces of Sign
    • 1. Iconicity in Signs and Signing
    • 2. Properties of Symbols in a Silent Language
    • 3. Historical Change: From Iconic to Arbitrary
  • II. The Structure of the Sign
    • 4. Remembering without Words: Manual Memory
    • 5. Slips of the Hands
    • 6. A Comparison of Chinese and American Signs
    • 7. A Feature Analysis of Handshapes
    • 8. The Rate of Speaking and Signing
  • III. Grammatical Processes
    • 9. On the Creation of New Lexical Items by Compounding
    • 10. Linguistic Expression of Category Levels
    • 11. Aspectual Modulations on Adjectival Predicates
    • 12. The Structured Use of Space and Movement: Morphological Processes
  • IV. The Heightened Use of Language
    • 13. Wit and Plays on Signs
    • 14. Poetry and Song in a Language without Sound
  • Appendix A. Notation
  • Appendix B. Conventions Employed in Illustrations
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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