The LSA is pleased to announce the publication of the latest title in its book series partnership with Routledge. Sign Languages: Structures and Contexts, authored by LSA members Joseph C. Hill, Diane C. Lillo-Martin and Sandra K. Wood, provides an introduction to the fundamental linguistic aspects of sign languages. A portion of the royalties from the sale of this book benefit the LSA. Order your copy today. 

Sign Languages: Structures and Contexts consists of eleven chapters and e-resources, which link to video clips, guide readers through the phonology, morphology and syntax of natural sign languages, with a focus on American Sign Language. After introducing these fundamental linguistic aspects of sign languages, the book covers:

  • childhood acquisition of sign languages starting at birth
  • the many possible contexts of language development as children grow
  • sign language systems that develop in the home
  • the sociolinguistics of sign languages by considering dialectal variation and language attitudes
  • language policy and planning with respect to sign languages

This book is useful to both experienced and incipient linguists who are interested in the fields of audiology, Deaf studies, language and linguistics and sign language.

For more information on this topic, check out Diance C. Lillo-Martin's plenary address at the LSA 2019 Annual Meeting on the LSA's YouTube channel.