International Review of Sign Linguistics - Vol. 1

By William H. Edmondson; Ronnie B. Wilbur | Go to book overview

Preface

The International Sign Linguistics Association, launched in 1987, was a step forward for linguists working on sign languages. ISLA, as it is known, set out to promote linguistic research into sign languages, and to involve the emergent community of sign linguists, scattered around the world but united in their endeavors. This stimulatory role was to be accompanied by ISLA's own journal: The International Journal of Sign Linguistics was created and a few issues appeared in 1990 and 1991.

As is often the case, optimism got the better of caution, and promised materials did not appear: The journal floundered. However, having learned from those earlier difficulties, we are now convinced that with a new and more established publisher and with a more cautious format (an annual review volume, planned to expand to a more frequent journal status), we can deliver the publication forum that the community has increasingly desired and that the field needs.

The International Review of Sign Linguistics is the new publication, and this is the first volume. The chapters in the volumes in this series are all reviewed anonymously--as both authors and readers would expect of a scholarly publishing venture. We know that our enthusiasm for the material offered here is matched by the enthusiasm of the publishers for the series itself We can only hope that this enthusiasm will be mirrored in the linguistic community when they encounter these volumes.

This volume contains seven chapters covering a wide range of linguistic areas, signed languages, and theoretical perspectives. These chapters deal with the lexicon, morphology, phonology, syntax, pragmatics, prosody, metalinguistic is-

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