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This English version of A Language in house: the tale of Israeli signal Language, which bought the Bahat Award for many awesome ebook for a normal viewers in its Hebrew variation, is an creation to signal language utilizing Israeli signal Language (ISL) as a version. Authors Irit Meir and Wendy Sandler provide a glimpse right into a variety of attention-grabbing descriptions of the ISL neighborhood to which linguists and different researchers would possibly not have entry. An underlying premise of the publication is that language is a psychological procedure with common houses, and that language lives via humans. a transparent and fascinating learn, A Language in house addresses proper features of signal language, together with the main summary questions and concerns concerning society and group. Divided into 3 components, the e-book covers: the linguistic constitution of Israeli signal Language; the language and its neighborhood; and a extensive depiction of ISL and the contribution of signal language learn to linguistic idea. This publication is meant for linguists (with or with no historical past in signal language), psychologists, sociologists, educators, scholars, and someone with an curiosity within the human means for language.

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For example, when we started investigating the negation structures (described in Chapter 9), we made up many sentences which contained negation of verbs and adjectives. We were surprised to learn that the ISL translations of these sentences contained very few negation structures. It turned out that in many cases, our consultants preferred using an antonym instead of a negation construction. So, a sentence such as ‘The lecture was not interesting’ was translated as ‘The lecture was boring’; the sentence ‘He did not go out of the house’ was translated as ‘He stayed home’.

CONCLUSION The meaningful signs of sign languages, like the words of spoken languages, are made of simpler elements that are meaningless. This duality of patterning characterizes natural language, regardless of modality. A sign is not a holistic gesture, but an entity with internal structure, built up from a finite list of elements which combine in accordance with rules. These two qualities—duality and systematicity—make it possible for sign languages to create rich vocabularies. In the 45 years since the publication of Stokoe’s pioneering monograph, new research on sign language phonology has proceeded in parallel with innovative research in the phonology of spoken language, and comparison of the two systems has produced more interesting and detailed ways of analyzing phonology in general.

By combining elements of one kind, meaningless sounds, we create an element of a different kind—a meaningful unit, a word. 3 This property of language is known as duality of patterning, an essential characteristic of human language (Hockett, 1960). Sounds conform to a system of combinatory rules when they come together to form words. Speakers know intuitively which sounds can go together in the words of their native language, and which cannot. Take, for example, two hypothetical words, plass and pnass.

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