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The Geometry of Visual Phonology
by Linda Ann N. Uyechi
CSLI, 1996
Paper: 978-1-57586-012-1 | Cloth: 978-1-57586-013-8 | eISBN: 978-1-57586-734-2
Library of Congress Classification HV2474.U88 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 419

Uyechi presents an extremely thorough and formal empirical description of the various features of ASL signs, of interest to any theoretician in developing a theory of sign phonology or in testing claims in the theory of the phonology of spoken languages against data from a signed language. The author also presents a formalism for representing signs and makes a number of theoretical proposals based on this formalism. The volume's analysis indicates that the properties of core constructs of the spoken-language phonology, namely the segment and the syllable, differ from the properties of the core constructs in a formal framework of visual phonology. The Geometry of Visual Phonology also differs from other analyses in concluding that such differences are not immediately reconcilable. This volume provides a framework for discussing crucial differences between signs and speech.

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