Signed language users can draw on a range of articulators when expressing linguistic messages, including the hands, torso, eye gaze, and mouth. Sometimes these articulators work in tandem to produce one lexical item while in other instances they operate to convey different types of information simultaneously. Over the past fifteen years, there has been a growing interest in the issue of simultaneity in signed languages. However, this book is the first to offer a comprehensive treatment of this topic, presenting a collection of papers dealing with different aspects of simultaneity in a range of related and unrelated signed languages, in descriptive and cross-linguistic treatments which are set in different theoretical frameworks. This volume has relevance for those interested in sign linguistics, in teaching and learning signed languages, and is also highly recommended to anyone interested in the fundamental underpinnings of human language and the effects of signed versus spoken modality.
1. Simultaneity in Signed Languages.: A String of Sequentially Organised Issues (by Vermeerbergen, Myriam); 2. Locative Functions of Simultaneous Perspective Constructions in German Sign Language Narratives (by Perniss, Pamela M.); 3. Conceptual Blending and the Windowing of Attention in Simultaneous Constructions in Irish Sign Language (by Leeson, Lorraine); 4. A Cognitive Linguistic View of Simultaneity in Process Signs in French Sign Language (by Risler, Annie); 5. Simultaneity in French Sign Language Discourse (by Sallandre, Marie-Anne); 6. Simultaneous Constructions in Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana) (by Nyst, Victoria); 7. Mouthings and Simultaneity in British Sign Language (by Sutton-Spence, Rachel); 8. The Non-Dominant Hand in a Swedish Sign Language Discourse (by Nilsson, Anna-Lena); 9. A Crosslinguistic Comparison of Buoys. Evidence from American, Norwegian, and Swedish Sign Language (by Liddell, Scott K.); 10. Point Buoys: The Weak Hand as a Point of Reference for Time and Space (by Vogt-Svendsen, Marit); 11. Simultaneous Use of the Two Hands in Jordanian Sign Language (by Hendriks, Bernadet); 12. Sign + Gesture = Speech + Gesture?: Comparing Aspects of Simultaneity in Flemish Sign Language to Instances of Concurrent Speech and Gesture (by Vermeerbergen, Myriam); 13. Acquisition of Simultaneous Constructions by Deaf Children of Hong Kong Sign Language (by Tang, Gladys); 14. Simultaneity in Atypical Signers: Implications for the Structure of Signed Language (by Tyrone, Martha E.); 15. Perspectives on Linearity and Simultaneity (by Woll, Bencie); 16. Index of Names; 17. Index of Languages; 18. Index of Terms