Australian Sign Language (Auslan) : An introduction to sign language linguistics

Australian Sign Language (Auslan) : An introduction to sign language linguistics

Description

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.

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Details

Author(s)
Trevor Johnston, Adam Schembri
Format
Paperback | 332 pages
Dimensions
152 x 228 x 20mm | 500g
Publication date
28 Feb 2007
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0521540569
ISBN13
9780521540568
Bestsellers rank
61,340