A language in space: The story of Israeli Sign Language

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Abstract

This English version of A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language, which received the Bahat Award for most outstanding book for a general audience in its Hebrew edition, is an introduction to sign language using Israeli Sign Language (ISL) as a model. Authors Irit Meir and Wendy Sandler offer a glimpse into a number of fascinating descriptions of the ISL community to which linguists and other researchers may not have access. An underlying premise of the book is that language is a mental system with universal properties, and that language lives through people.

A clear and engaging read, A Language in Space addresses relevant aspects of sign language, including the most abstract questions and matters related to society and community. Divided into three parts, the book covers:.

• the linguistic structure of Israeli Sign Language;

• the language and its community; and

• a broad depiction of ISL and the contribution of sign language research to linguistic theory

This book is intended for linguists (with or without a background in sign language), psychologists, sociologists, educators, students, and anyone with an interest in the human capacity for language.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages332
ISBN (Electronic)9780203810118
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2007 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)

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