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Irish Sign Language

A Cognitive Linguistic Approach

Lorraine Leeson, John I Saeed

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The only comprehensive, empirically driven, description of Irish Sign Language

As the only book of its kind, this book describes the social and historical background of this signed language and places Irish Sign Language in a world context. The Signs of Ireland corpus is used to introduce phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

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1. Introduction
2. What is a signed language?
3. The Social Context
4. Irish Sign Language and other signed languages
5. Phonetics and Phonology
6. Morphology
7. The ISL lexicon
8. Syntax
9. Semantics
10. Discourse
11. Towards a Cognitive Account of Signed Languages
12. Conclusion.

About the Author

Lorraine Leeson is Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

John I. Saeed is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin.


Research on signed languages around the world is growing and the far reaching benefits of societal and political recognition have been witenssed in numerous countries. Books like these are important as they serve to compile research into one place and frame the information for readers who may not otherwise consult academic journals to find that the signed language used in their region is a rich and complex language. Additionally, volumes like this one enable signed language users and researchers around the world to continue cross-linguistic comparisons in the visual-manual modality, enriching our understanding of individual langugages as well as language and cognition in general.

- Christina Heally, Gallaudet University, Sign Language and Linguistics