9781563684937-1563684934-Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign Language

Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign Language

ISBN-13: 9781563684937
ISBN-10: 1563684934
Edition: 1st
Author: Supalla, Ted, Clark, Patricia
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Format: Hardcover 278 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781563684937
ISBN-10: 1563684934
Edition: 1st
Author: Supalla, Ted, Clark, Patricia
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Format: Hardcover 278 pages

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Acknowledged authors Supalla, Ted, Clark, Patricia wrote Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign Language comprising 278 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1563684934 and 9781563684937. Since then Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign Language textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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This engrossing study investigates the infancy of American Sign Language (ASL). Authors Ted Supalla and Patricia Clark highlight the major events in ASL history, revealing much of what has not been clearly understood until now. According to tradition, ASL evolved from French Sign Language. The authors analyze the metalinguistic assumptions of these early accounts and also examine in depth a key set of films made by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) between 1910 and 1920. Designed by the NAD to preserve classic ASL, the films feature 15 sign masters, the model signers of that time. In viewing these films, the authors discovered that the sign masters signed differently depending on their age. These variations provide evidence about the word formation process of early ASL, further supported by data collected from dictionaries of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

By tracing the writings of selected individuals, this study reconstructs the historical context for early ASL grammar. It describes the language used in each century and how it changed, and focuses on the rediscovery of the literary legacy of the Deaf American voice. Sign Language Archaeology reveals the contrast between folk etymology and scientific etymology and allows readers to see ASL in terms of historical linguistics.

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