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By Irit Meir

This English version of A Language in house: the tale of Israeli signal Language, which obtained the Bahat Award for many notable publication for a basic 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 group to which linguists and different researchers won't have entry. An underlying premise of the ebook is that language is a psychological procedure with common houses, and that language lives via humans. a transparent and fascinating learn, A Language in area addresses correct facets of signal language, together with the main summary questions and issues with regards to society and group. Divided into 3 components, the ebook covers: the linguistic constitution of Israeli signal Language; the language and its neighborhood; and a wide depiction of ISL and the contribution of signal language examine to linguistic conception. This e-book is meant for linguists (with or and not using a historical past in signal language), psychologists, sociologists, educators, scholars, and someone with an curiosity within the human skill for language.

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Spoken words are not holistic, unanalyzable units, since every word consists of speech sounds. For example, the word hope consists of three sounds: [h], [o], [p]. The sounds themselves are meaningless; individual sounds do not convey any meaning. But sounds combine to create a meaningful unit, the word. The description of the speech sounds of a language and the way they combine to form larger units are the domain of phonology. In Chapter 2, we consider whether words in a sign language also consist of smaller units, parallel to the sounds of speech.

The vast majority of the world’s languages have between 25 and 45 phonemes2. And in all cases, the number of distinct sounds is very small compared to the vast vocabularies that are generated by combining different numbers of these sounds in different orders within a word. English has about 41–44 phonemes (depending on the dialect and how you count), which is enough to create the 30,000 or so words that an educated English speaker is said to command, as well as all 315,000 entries in Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary.

In the preliminary stages of research, the specific structure that we want to elicit may not show up in the ISL translation, because this particular structure exists in Hebrew but not in ISL. In such cases, we have to change the Hebrew material. 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.

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