The Resource Show of hands : a natural history of sign language, David F. Armstrong

Show of hands : a natural history of sign language, David F. Armstrong

Label
Show of hands : a natural history of sign language
Title
Show of hands
Title remainder
a natural history of sign language
Statement of responsibility
David F. Armstrong
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: Most scholarly speculation on the origin of human language has centered around speech. However, the growing understanding of sign languages on human development has transformed the debate on language evolution. David F. Armstrong's new book Show of Hands: A Natural History of Sign Language casts a wide net in history and geography to explain how these visible languages have enriched human culture in general and how their study has expanded knowledge of the human condition. Armstrong addresses the major theories of language evolution, including Noam Chomsky's thesis of an innate human "organ" for language and Steven Pinker's contention that there is language and not-language without any gradations between gesture and language. This engrossing survey proceeds with William C. Stokoe's revival of the early anthropological cognitive-linguistic model of gradual development through the iconicity of sign languages. Armstrong ranges far to reveal the nature of sign languages, from the anatomy of early human ancestors to telling passages by Shakespeare, Dickens, and Pound, to the astute observations of Socrates, Lucretius, and Abbe de l'Epee on sign communication among deaf people. Show of Hands illustrates the remarkable development of sign languages in isolated Bedouin communities and among Australian indigenous peoples. It also explores the ubiquitous benefits of "Deaf Gain" and visual communication as they dovetail with the Internet and its mushrooming potential for the future
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Armstrong, David F
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV2474
LC item number
.A76 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sign language
  • Sign language
  • Gesture
  • Language and languages
  • Gesture
  • Language and languages
  • Sign language
  • Gebarentaal
  • Taalgenese
  • Zeichensprache
  • Geste
Label
Show of hands : a natural history of sign language, David F. Armstrong
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Seeing is believing -- Signing heritage -- Signing communities -- Signing and the language faculty -- Deaf gain : visible language in the modern world
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 116 pages
Isbn
9781563684883
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011000862
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)682895117
  • (OCoLC)ocn682895117
Label
Show of hands : a natural history of sign language, David F. Armstrong
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Seeing is believing -- Signing heritage -- Signing communities -- Signing and the language faculty -- Deaf gain : visible language in the modern world
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 116 pages
Isbn
9781563684883
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011000862
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)682895117
  • (OCoLC)ocn682895117

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