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It is approaching a half century since Bill Stokoe published his revolutionary monograph, Sign Language Structure: An Outline of the Visual Communication Systems of the American Deaf. It is rare for a work of innovative scholarship to spark a social as well as an intellectual revolution, but that is just what Stokoe's 1960 paper did. And it is indicative(More)
The <italic>Multimedia Dictionary of American Sign Language</italic> (MM-DASL) is a Macintosh application designed to function as a bilingual (ASL-English) dictionary. It presents ASL signs in full-motion digital video using Apple's QuickTime technology. Major functions of the application include the capability to search for ASL signs by entering English(More)
Tai (2005) argues for the importance of iconicity as a fundamental property of language, illustrating the modality effects of iconicity through the study of a set of iconic devices used in Taiwan Sign Language (TSL). This paper extends Tai's research, in exploring the iconic devices used in another Asian sign language, Chinese Sign Language (CSL). Some(More)
At the heart of the study of the evolution of language ability is the question how to produce testable hypotheses regarding the antecessors of language in our hominid ancestors and the presence or absence of such traits in our closest living relatives, the apes. One region that is consistently implicated in modern functional studies of language, and was(More)
Deaf children, like all children, are born with a capacity for language; i.e. the symbolization and expression of cognitive functioning. Until the age at which hearing children are talking, deaf children communicate well with others, using their sight, touch, and other actions--the common gestures in the culture of their caretakers. The chief problem in(More)
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