The Routledge Handbook of Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research bridges the divide between theoretical and experimental approaches to provide an up-to-date survey of key topics in sign language research. With 29 chapters written by leading and emerging scholars from around the world, this Handbook covers the following key areas:
- On the theoretical side, all crucial aspects of sign language grammar studied within formal frameworks such as Generative Grammar;
- On the experimental side, theoretical accounts are supplemented by experimental evidence gained in psycho- and neurolinguistic studies;
- On the descriptive side, the main phenomena addressed in the reviewed scholarship are summarized in a way that is accessible to readers without previous knowledge of sign languages.
Each chapter features an introduction, an overview of existing research, and a critical assessment of hypotheses and findings. The Routledge Handbook of Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research is key reading for all advanced students and researchers working at the intersection of sign language research, linguistics, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Harry van der Hulst & Els van der Kooij: Sign language phonology – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 2 Uta Benner: Phonological comprehension – experimental perspectives
Chapter 3 Eva Gutierrez-Sigut & Cristina Baus: Lexical processing in comprehension and production – experimental perspectives
Chapter 4 Jordan Fenlon & Diane Brentari: Prosody – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 5 Josep Quer: Verb agreement – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 6 Jana Hosemann: Verb agreement – experimental perspectives
Chapter 7 Gladys Tang, Jia Li, & Jia He: Classifiers – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 8 Inge Zwitserlood: Classifiers – experimental perspectives
Chapter 9 Evie A. Malaia & Marina Milković: Aspect – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 10 Natasha Abner: Determiner phrases – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 11 Meltem Kelepir: Content interrogatives – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 12 Kadir Gökgöz: Negation – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 13 Carlo Cecchetto: Null arguments and ellipsis – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 14 Diane Lillo-Martin: Null arguments – experimental perspectives
Chapter 15 Chiara Branchini: Relative clauses – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 16 Markus Steinbach: Role shift – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 17 Pamela Perniss: Use of sign space – experimental perspectives
Chapter 18 Gemma Barberà: Specificity and definiteness – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 19 Vadim Kimmelman & Josep Quer: Quantification – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 20 Kathryn Davidson: Implicatures – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 21 Jeremy Kuhn: Discourse anaphora – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 22 Elisabeth Volk & Annika Herrmann: Discourse particles – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 23 Philippe Schlenker: Logical visibility and iconicity in sign language semantics – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 24 Ronnie B. Wilbur: Non-manual markers – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 25 Bencie Woll & Dave Vinson: Gesture and sign – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 26 Vadim Kimmelman & Roland Pfau: Information structure – theoretical perspectives
Chapter 27 Caterina Donati: Bimodal bilingual grammars – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 28 Annemarie Kocab & Ann Senghas: Language emergence – theoretical and experimental perspectives
Chapter 29 Marcel R. Giezen: Working memory in signers – experimental perspectives
Josep Quer is a research professor of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) at Pompeu Fabra University and leads the Laboratory of Catalan Sign Language (LSCLab). He was co- editor of the international journal Sign Language & Linguistics.
Roland Pfau is an associate professor of Sign Language Linguistics in the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and is co-editor of the international journal Sign Language & Linguistics.
Annika Herrmann is professor fof Sign Languages and Sign Language Interpreting and head of the Institute of German Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf (IDGS) at the University of Hamburg. She is co-editor of the book series Sign Languages and Deaf Communities.