Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Ehlich
Prof. Dr. Gerd Kegel
Prof. Dr. Angelika Redder
This book provides a critical survey on the linguistic use and applicability of common spoken language concepts to natural Sign Languages. Notions like phoneme, syllable, morpheme, movement, verb etc. are discussed and reviewed according to the fact that space does not merely govern the grammar of Sign Languages, but displays a communicative function in visual languages: it is shown that space is a communicative resource to Sign Languages. Therefore, it is pointed out how a functional and pragmatic approach to the analysis of visual languages is able to show the merit obtainable by the use of space.