Sign Language in Indo-Pakistan

Sign Language in Indo-Pakistan

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To find a suitable framework for the description of a previously undocumented language is all the more challenging in the case of a signed language. In this book, for the first time, an indigenous Asian sign language used in deaf communities in India and Pakistan is described on all linguistically relevant levels. This grammatical sketch aims at providing a concise yet comprehensive picture of the language. It covers a substantial part of Indopakistani Sign Language grammar. Topics discussed range from properties of individual signs to principles of discourse organization. Important aspects of morphological structure and syntactic regularities are summarized. Finally, sign language specific grammatical mechanisms such as spatially realized syntax and the use of facial expressions also figure prominently in this book. A 300-word dictionary with graphic representations of signs and a transcribed sample text complement the grammatical description. The cross-linguistic study of signed languages is only just beginning. Descriptive materials such as the ones presented in this book provide the necessary starting point for further empirical and theoretical research in this direction.Moreover, it is likely that any decision in favour of making extensive use of Sign Urdu in special education for the deaf would ... In India and Pakistan English is an official language, and my deaf informants are more or less fluent in English as well as in Hindi/Urdu. ... from English by modifying the handshape of a sign with similar meaning according to the initial letter of the English word. These new signs are known as a#39;initialThe initial letter Of the English word, rendered in the manual.

Title:Sign Language in Indo-Pakistan
Author: Ulrike Zeshan
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2000-08-15

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