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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Nov 28, 2001  2:01 am
Subject:  Nicaraguan Sign Language Project in new publication....

SignWriting List
November 27, 2001

This message was posted by Dr. Karen Emmorey to another list
today...the Sign Language Linguist's List (SLLING). I noticed the
Nicaraguan Sign Language Project is mentioned. Does this new
publication include any SignWriting ? I don't know actually ;-))

Val ;-)


Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001
Sender: "For the discussion of linguistics and signed languages."

From: Karen Emmorey
Subject: Just in time for Christmas
To: SignWriting List

Dear List members,
I am very happy to announce that Language, Cognition, and the Brain:
Insights from Sign Language Research is now at the printers and will
be available next month. The paperback version is $39.95 and can be
purchased on-line (with a 15% discount) at the website for Lawrence
Erlbaum and Associates ( The hard back is pricey
($99) and is geared toward libraries. The Table of Contents is
listed below:

Language, Cognition, and the Brain:
Insights from sign language research

Karen Emmorey


Notation conventions

1. Introduction
Documenting the birth of a language: The Nicaraguan Sign
Language Project
The American Deaf community and sociolinguistic contexts

2. The structure of American Sign Language: Linguistic universals
and modality effects
The structure of signs: morphology and the lexicon
The phonology of a soundless language
Syntax: The structure of sentences
Discourse and language use
Conclusions and implications

3. The confluence of language and space
Classifier constructions
Talking about space with space
Non-locative functions of signing space

4. Psycholinguistic studies of sign perception, on-line processing,
and production
Sign perception and visual processing
Visual lexical access and sign recognition
Lexical representations and organization
On-line comprehension of signed utterances: Psycholinguistic
studies of co-
Some issues in sign language production

5 Sign language acquisition
Early development
What does that "mistake" mean? Acquisition of syntax and morphology
Later development
Conclusions and implications

6 The critical period hypothesis and the effects of late language acquisition
When language input is absent or inconsistent: The
contribution of the child
The effects of age of acquisition on grammatical knowledge and language
processing in adulthood
Delayed first language acquisition differs from second
language acquisition
The cognitive effects of delayed first language acquisition
The effects of late acquisition on the neural organization for language

7. Memory for sign language: Implications for the structure of working memory
Early evidence for sign-based memory
Evidence for a visuo-spatial phonological loop
Working memory capacity: Effects on memory span for sign and speech
Effects of the visuo-spatial modality on sign-based working memory
A "modality effect" for sign language? Implications for
models of working
The architecture of working memory for sign language: Summary and

8. The impact of sign language use on visuospatial cognition
Motion processing
Face processing
Domains unaffected by sign language use
Implications: Does language affect cognition?

9. Sign language and the brain
What determines left hemisphere specialization for language?
Within hemisphere organization for sign language
The role of the right hemisphere in language processes
The role of subcortical structures in sign language
Conclusions and implications



Appendix A: List of ASL handshapes

Appendix B: Linguistic distinctions among communication forms

Author index

Subject index

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