Australian Sign Language (Auslan): An introduction to sign by Trevor Johnston, Dr Adam Schembri

By Trevor Johnston, Dr Adam Schembri

This is often first accomplished advent to the linguistics of Auslan, the signal language of Australia. Assuming no earlier history in language learn, it explores each one key point of the constitution of Auslan, delivering an available assessment of its grammar (how sentences are structured), phonology (the development blocks of signs), morphology (the constitution of signs), lexicon (vocabulary), semantics (how which means is created), and discourse (how Auslan is utilized in context). The authors additionally talk about more than a few myths and misunderstandings approximately signal languages, supply an perception into the background and improvement of Auslan, and convey how Auslan is expounded to different signal languages, corresponding to these utilized in Britain, the us and New Zealand. entire with transparent illustrations of the symptoms in use and beneficial additional studying lists, this is often a great source for a person attracted to Auslan, in addition to these looking a transparent, normal creation to signal language linguistics.

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They have a similar expressive capacity as spoken languages and are organised around similar grammatical rules. Signed languages have rules for creating new vocabulary and may change across time, and they are learned by children and appear to be processed by the brain in similar ways to spoken languages. 7 Further reading This chapter is best read in conjunction with other opening sections of introductory textbooks on linguistics. Finch (2000), Hudson (2000), Trask (1999) and Yule (1996) provide good basic overviews.

Mime involves imitating real-life activities without the object and people normally involved being physically present. A mime artist ‘may act out the process of riding a bike, going to bed or driving a bus without any props other than her or his own gestures and body movement’ (Brennan, 1992:12). 8 in two ways. First of all, mime may rely less on accompanying speech to convey its meaning, and it involves more than the use of the hands. If the umbrella-waving gesture discussed above were combined with movement of the head and body, then it would be properly considered an example of mime.

This book, together with Kyle & Woll (1985) and Rée (1999), provide overviews of the history of signed language research. Maher (1996) is an interesting biography of William Stokoe. 2 Auslan in social context In the previous chapter, we saw that signed languages are now recognised as real languages. In this chapter, we place signed languages in their social context and describe how language use in signing communities differs from that found in spoken language communities. For example, we explain how signed languages are often only found as primary languages in deaf communities which are small linguistic minorities embedded within much larger communities using spoken languages.

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