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Australian Sign Language: An Introduction to Sign Language Linguistics
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Trevor Johnston (Macquarie University, Sydney) Adam Schembri (Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney)
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Australian Sign Language: An Introduction to Sign Language Linguistics

Trevor Johnston (Macquarie University, Sydney) Adam Schembri (Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney)


9780521540568

Cambridge University Press


Language Learning - Adults » Sign Language;
Languages » Sign Language
Sign languages


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338 pages

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This is first comprehensive introduction to the linguistics of Auslan, the sign language of Australia. Assuming no prior background in language study, it explores each key aspect of the structure of Auslan, providing an accessible overview of its grammar (how sentences are structured), phonology (the building blocks of signs), morphology (the structure of signs), lexicon (vocabulary), semantics (how meaning is created), and discourse (how Auslan is used in context). The authors also discuss a range of myths and misunderstandings about sign languages, provide an insight into the history and development of Auslan, and show how Auslan is related to other sign languages, such as those used in Britain, the USA and New Zealand. Complete with clear illustrations of the signs in use and useful further reading lists, this is an ideal resource for anyone interested in Auslan, as well as those seeking a clear, general introduction to sign language linguistics.

By:   Trevor Johnston (Macquarie University Sydney), Adam Schembri (Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9780521540568
ISBN 10:   0521540569
Pages:   338
Publication Date:   January 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Language:   Sign languages
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. Signed languages and linguistics; 2. Auslan in social context; 3. Auslan and other signed languages; 4. Phonetics and phonology: the building blocks of signs; 5. Morphology: sign formation and modification; 6. Lexicon: the structure of Auslan vocabulary; 7. Syntax: the structure of sentences in Auslan; 8. Semantics and pragmatics: sign meaning and sentence meaning; 9. Discourse: structure and use above the sentence; 10. Issues in the study of signed languages.

Trevor Johnston is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University. Adam Schembri is Senior Research Fellow at the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London.

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