Title

Linguistics and ASL: Phonology

Date

5-30-2013 9:20 AM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Marjory Lange

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

David Hargreaves

Presentation Type

Symposium

Abstract

Like all human languages, American Sign Language (ASL) is a rule-governed communicative system consisting of arbitrary gestural features, phonemes or cheremes, combined into patterns of minimal contrast in order to create an inventory of basic morphemes, the smallest units of meaning in a language. By analyzing the contrastive features of signs, the first part of the presentation, by Abigail Roeder, will show how American Sign Language (ASL), like any spoken language, has its own rule-governed phonological-cherelogical system. Second, Ami Ruda will show how American Sign Language (ASL), like any spoken language, has its own rule-governed morphological system.

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May 30th, 9:20 AM

Linguistics and ASL: Phonology

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Like all human languages, American Sign Language (ASL) is a rule-governed communicative system consisting of arbitrary gestural features, phonemes or cheremes, combined into patterns of minimal contrast in order to create an inventory of basic morphemes, the smallest units of meaning in a language. By analyzing the contrastive features of signs, the first part of the presentation, by Abigail Roeder, will show how American Sign Language (ASL), like any spoken language, has its own rule-governed phonological-cherelogical system. Second, Ami Ruda will show how American Sign Language (ASL), like any spoken language, has its own rule-governed morphological system.