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Credit points: 20

Subject outline

In this subject, students will examine the structures of signs and sequences from a linguistic perspective. Students will explore the theme of sign language universals, focusing on how sign languages develop grammatical structures that are linked to the visual-spacial dimension in which these languages operate. Specific topics examined are space and grammars; incorporating pronominalisation, verb inflection, role shift and time marking, classifiers, non-manual markers and sign order.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points20

Subject Co-ordinatorLisa Gunter

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites DFS4DSA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAuslan 3B ReadingsPrescribedBranson, J. and Bremner, A. (ed.)NIDS, LA TROBE UNIVERSITY, 2011
ReadingsGrammar, gesture and meaning in American Sign LanguageRecommendedLiddell, S. K.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2003
ReadingsThe linguistics of British Sign Language: an introductionRecommendedWoll, B. and Sutton-Spence, R.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1999
ReadingsThe structure and formation of signs in AuslanRecommendedSchembri, A.NORTH ROCKS PRESS, 1996

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