This course focuses on morphological and syntactic properties that are characteristic of sign languages and which distinguish them from spoken languages. These include: glossing conventions, grammaticalization of space (including deixis and agreement), verb classes, borrowing (particularly fingerspelling and mouthing), nonlinear morphology, classifiers, and nonmanual markers. Students will be taught the principles of analysis of such features, including glossing conventions, theoretical frameworks, analytical procedures, and appropriate means for presenting grammatical analysis. This course is taught in American Sign Language and written English.
Course DetailsLevel: Master's Level
Credit hours: 3
Term(s) course is offered: Summer
Prerequisites: Demonstrated communicative proficiency in a natural sign language, AL4410 Principles of Grammatical Analysis, AL5106 Digital Technology for Sign Language Research (AL5106 may also be taken as a corequisite).
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