Title

ADVERBIAL MORPHEMES IN TACTILE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Document Type

Dissertation

Publication Date

2004

Abstract

Discusses an aspect of linguistic use of adverbial morphemes as applied to a single case study of Tactile American Sign Language (TASL) as used by some American Deaf-Blind signers. TASL, a variation of the visual language recognized as American Sign Language (ASL), is not visually based. In ASL adverbial morphemes occur on the face and are non-manual signals that the Deaf-Blind signer does not see. This requires the ASL signer to make a slight modification, from these “invisible” non- manual morphemes to a tactile morpheme. Accrued data concentrates on six fundamental features of adverbial morphemes intrinsic to TASL: manner/degree, time, duration, purpose, frequency, and place/position/direction. A doctoral dissertation submitted to the Graduate College of Union Institute and University, May 2004.

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