Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
LING 412 Sign Language Linguistics
4 hours; 4 credits
A cross-linguistic survey of the structure of sign languages. Major emphases include the exploration of (a) how various areas of linguistic theory (e.g., phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax) apply to sign languages, and (b) structural aspects that are specific to the world’s sign languages. The course will also include discussion of the acquisition of sign languages, as well as their sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic aspects. Knowledge of a sign language (e.g., Nicaraguan Sign Language, Swedish Sign Language, American Sign Language, etc.) is not required for this course.
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