Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language

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August 2001



This volume provides a complete description of ASL variation. People from varying regions and backgrounds have different ways of saying the same thing. For example, in English some people say "test," while others say "tes'," dropping the final "t." Noted scholars Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, and Clayton Valli led a team of exceptional researchers in applying techniques for analyzing spoken language variation to ASL. Their observations at the phonological, lexical, morphological, and syntactic levels demonstrate that ASL variation correlates with many of the same driving social factors of spoken languages, including age, socioeconomic class, gender, ethnic background, region, and sexual orientation. Internal constraints that mandate variant choices for spoken languages have been compared to ASL as well, with intriguing results.


Ceil Lucas is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of ASL, Linguistics, and Interpretation at Gallaudet University. Robert Bayley is Professor of Sociolinguistics in the Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. T. X. Clayton Valli, was Assistant Professor in the Masters Interpreting Program at Gallaudet University.


A major contribution to the growing literature on the linguistics and sociolinguistics of ASL, an incredibly valuable first word on variation in ASL.
EAN: 9781563681134
ISBN: 1563681137
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2001
Seitenanzahl: 192 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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