The Linguistics of British Sign Language: An Introduction by Rachel Sutton-Spence

By Rachel Sutton-Spence

This can be the 1st textbook dealing particularly with British signal linguistics. It offers crucial help for freshmen of British signal Language and others drawn to the constitution and use of BSL, and assumes no earlier wisdom of linguistics and signal language. Technical phrases and linguistic jargon are stored to a minimal. The e-book comprises over 300 illustrations and an index of symptoms and signal words. There also are workouts and a studying record for additional self sufficient examine.

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3. 1Oa l-ASK-YOU Fig. 3. 1Ob YOU-ASK-M E break; the wall is there to paint, etc. BSL represents this logic by ordering the nouns and verbs accordingly. MAIN EL EMENTS IN SENT ENCES So far we have considered the order of some signs within a sentence. We will now consider the general structure of the whole sentence. Linguists have categorised the world's languages according to the order of th e main elements in sentences: the subject, the verb, and the object. Information about which word is the subject or the object may be given in three basic ways: through inflectional mor phology, the fo rm of the word, and word order.

RIlis can result in signing fo llowing English order. It is irnporront to note that using BSL signs in English order may help communiclltion if someone does not know much BSL. It might be better to communicate with some signs rather than nOt at all, or only in spoken English. But it wouJd not be BSL. Before introducing the rules of BSL order, it is importa nt to be fa miliar with the terms used to refer to the p arts of sentences . Sentences can be divided into two basic parts: the subject and the predicate.

TICKErs HOW~MANY vs. How mallY tickets? T RAIN LEAVE WHAT-TIME 'IS. - It is also worth noring that since BSL question signs are different from English, questions like 'what timc' arc single units. T he qucs Lion sign may also be placed both at the beginning and the end of the sentence, for example: WHERE KEYSWI-JERE Pronoun copy 'I In pronoun copy, the index used for th e pronoun is repeated at the cnd of dle sentence. I GfRL Index) RIC H Index) ('llte girl is rich') (fig. AF Index l Cl am deaf') In English we might say The girl's rjch~ she is, or / am deaf, J am, but lhis is unusual in Standard English, and much less common than pronoun copy in BSL.

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