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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will explore the linguistic structure of sign languages. The formational structure of sign languages (phonology), the organisation of sign language lexicons and grammatical systems (lexicology, morphology, syntax, discourse), and the way in which meanings are expressed (semantics and pragmatics) are all considered. Data are drawn from Auslan (Australian Sign Language) together with examples from other sign languages. The subject also introduces students to issues involved in sociolinguistic variation, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics of sign languages, as well as the relevance of sign language research for an understanding of human language in general.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdam Schembri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Sign Language (Auslan): an introduction to sign language linguisticsPrescribedJohnston, T and Schembri, A 2007CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
ReadingsSign language and linguistic universalsRecommendedSandler, W and Lillo-Martin, D 2005CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
ReadingsThe linguistics of British Sign Language: an introductionRecommendedSutton-Spence, R and Woll, B 1999CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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