North American Indian Signed Language Varieties: A Comparative Historical Linguistic Assessment

Autor/a: DAVIS, Jeffrey
Año: 2007
Editorial: Gallaudet University Press
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


As an alternative to spoken language, signed language has been observed and documented for certain North American Indian groups (e.g., Davis 2005, 2006; Davis and Supalla 1995; Mallery 1880, 1881; McKay-Cody 1997; Taylor 1978, 1997; Tomkins 1926; Umiker-Sebeok and Sebeok 1978).¹ The North American continent was once an area of extreme linguistic and cultural diversity, with hundreds of distinct and mutually unintelligible languages spoken by the native populations. For example, Mithun (1999, 1) points out that “while the languages of Europe are classified into just three families, Indo-European, Finno-Ugric, and Basque, those of North America constitute over 50.”

En D. Quinto-Pozos (Ed.), Sign Languages in Contact.