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Gesture, Speech, and Sign$
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Lynn Messing and Ruth Campbell

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524519.001.0001

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Two modes—two languages?

Two modes—two languages?

(p.183) Chapter 10 Two modes—two languages?
Gesture, Speech, and Sign

Lynn S. Messing

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the behaviour of people who know both a spoken and a signed language. The behaviour of this population will be contrasted with that of bilinguals knowing two spoken languages. In principle, the actions of dual modality bilinguals while speaking can be broken into two categories: the bilinguals can use their hands and faces in a non-linguistic manner to gesture, or they can use them to communicate linguistically in a natural signed language, in a manual code of a spoken language or in a variety of contact signing. In practice, the boundary between these two categories is fuzzy at best, and can disappear entirely in some circumstances.

Keywords:   signed language, bilinguals, spoken language, contact signing, monolingual language acquisition, phonetics

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