The burgeoning of research on signed language during the last two decades has had a major influence on several disciplines concerned with mind and language, including linguistics, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, child language acquisition, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and deaf education. The genealogy of this research can be traced to a remarkable degree to a single pair of scholars, Ursula Bellugi and Edward Klima, who have conducted their research on signed language and educated scores of scholars in the field since the early 1970s.

The Signs of Language Revisited has three major objectives:
* presenting the latest findings and theories of leading scientists in numerous specialties from language acquisition in children to literacy and deaf people;
* taking stock of the distance scholarship has come in a given field, where we are now, and where we should be headed; and
* acknowledging and articulating the intellectual debt of the authors to Bellugi and Klima--in some cases through personal reminiscences.
Thus, this book is also a document in the sociology and history of science.

part I|1 pages


chapter 1|2 pages

Two Memorable Meals With Ursula and Ed

ByLou Fant

chapter 2|9 pages

American Sign Language Linguistics 1970–1980: Memoir of a Renaissance

ByRobbin M. Battison

chapter 3|3 pages

A Fish Story for Ursula and Other Remembrances

ByBernard Bragg

part IV|1 pages

Linguistic Analysis of Sign Languages

part V|1 pages

Language Acquisition

chapter 19|20 pages

Shared Motoric Factors in the Acquisition of Sign and Speech

ByRichard P. Meier

chapter 24|20 pages

On the Biological Foundations of Human Language

ByLaura Ann Petitto

part VI|1 pages

The Neural Organization of Sign Language

chapter 25|12 pages

Language and the Brain

ByAntonio R. Damasio, Hanna Damasio

chapter 26|13 pages

Some Observations Regarding Paraphasia in American Sign Language

ByDavid P. Corina

chapter 28|12 pages

On the Uniqueness of Language

ByVictoria A. Fromkin