Chapter

Grasping Language

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

in The Gestural Origin of Language

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780195163483
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163483.003.0002
 Grasping Language

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the gestural theories on the origin of language. It argues that the natural sign languages used by modern deaf people are fully modern languages in every meaningful sense. Aspects of the structures of these languages and the historical processes through which these languages came into existence can shed light on the way human language in general most probably evolved. An overview of the succeeding chapters is presented.

Keywords: sign language; gestural theories; origins of language; gestures

Chapter.  5800 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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