Research Methods in Sign Language Studies: A Practical Guide

Editor/Author Orfanidou, Eleni and Woll, Bencie
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Wiley

Single-User Purchase Price: $99.95
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $149.93
ISBN: 978-1-11-827141-4
Category: Language & Literature - Modern Languages
Image Count: 46
Book Status: Available
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Research Methods in Sign Language Studies is a landmark work on sign language research, which spans the fields of linguistics, experimental and developmental psychology, brain research, and language assessment. It summarizes all relevant methodologies in sign language research and provides a detailed synopsis of how to do necessary research.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Tables
  • List of Illustrations
  • Guides to Research Methods in Language and Linguistics
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Collecting Data WITH the Deaf Community
  • 1 Ethics, Deaf-Friendly Research, and Good Practice When Studying Sign Languages
  • Introduction
  • Deaf-Friendly Research Methods
  • Ethical Considerations for Research in Developing Countries
  • Establishing Good Practices in Field Research
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 2 The Deaf Community as a “Special Linguistic Demographic”
  • Introduction
  • Predominant Medical/Rehabilitation/Normative–Educational Frameworks in the Demographic Studies of Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • A Linguistic Basis for Demographic Studies
  • Issues and Challenges
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 3 Dissemination and Transfer of Knowledge to the Deaf Community
  • Introduction: The Sign Language Community as a Research Population
  • The Public Engagement Process
  • Public Engagement at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • Part II: Different Ways of Collecting Sign Language Data
  • 4 Collecting and Analyzing Sign Language Data
  • Introduction
  • Collecting Sign Language Data
  • Using Software to Annotate Sign Language Data
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 5 Transcription and Notation Methods
  • Introduction
  • Sign Orthographies and Glossing
  • Phonetic Transcription
  • Other Types of Annotation
  • Standardization of Annotations
  • An Outlook: Open Data and Computer-Assisted Annotation
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 6 Instrumented Measures of Sign Production and Perception
  • Introduction
  • Motion Capture
  • Data Glove Systems
  • Video-Based Movement Analysis
  • Eye-Tracking
  • Reaction-Time Studies
  • Discussion
  • Directions for Future Research
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • Part III: Collecting Linguistic Data on Sign Languages
  • 7 Sign Language Fieldwork
  • Introduction
  • Literacy, Bilingualism, and Endangerment
  • Descriptive and Documentary Linguistics
  • Practical, Personal, and Interpersonal Issues
  • Technical Issues
  • Grammatical Analysis: Elicitation and Text Collection
  • Collecting Lexical Data
  • Metadata
  • Processing and Analysis of the Data
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 8 Research Methods for Studying the Form of Signs
  • Research Question
  • Data and Data Collection
  • Signers
  • Equipment: Prompts and Cameras
  • Annotation: Transcription and Coding
  • Data Storage: Database and Spreadsheet Software
  • Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 9 Methods of Research on Sign Language Grammars
  • Basic Vocabulary
  • Lexicon Studies
  • Verb Classification and Grammatical Roles
  • Sentence Types and Discourse Structure
  • Coding Strategies
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 10 Documentary and Corpus Approaches to Sign Language Research
  • Introduction
  • The Need for Corpora
  • The Emergence of Sign Language Corpus Linguistics
  • Data Collection
  • Annotation and Translation
  • Archiving, Interfaces, and Access
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 11 Methods in Carrying out Language Typological Research
  • Linguistic Diversity and Sign Languages
  • Domains and Parameters
  • Collecting Data for Cross-linguistic Studies
  • Typological Analysis: Uncovering Ranges and Patterns
  • Toward a Cross-modal Typology
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 12 Data Collection in Sociolinguistics
  • Nature of Social Characteristics of Deaf Communities
  • The Visual Nature of Sign Language
  • Sensitivity to the Social Characteristics of Interviewers and Interlocutors
  • Considerations for the Future
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • Part IV: Collecting Cognitive Data on Sign Languages
  • 13 Research Methods in Psycholinguistic Investigations of Sign Language Processing
  • Introduction
  • Standard Methods in Psycholinguistic Research
  • Methodological Considerations: Four Sub-domains of Signed Language Psycholinguistics
  • Methodological Challenges
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 14 Methods in Bimodal Bilingualism Research
  • Introduction
  • Important Considerations When Collecting Bimodal Bilingual Data
  • Data Collection Fairs
  • General Principles of Test Development
  • The Test Battery in the Bibibi Project
  • General Language Tests
  • Vocabulary Tests
  • Morphosyntax Tests
  • Phonology Tests
  • Additional Tests
  • Adjusting the Tasks and the Details of the Applications
  • Transcribing Experimental Data
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 15 Studying Sign Language Acquisition
  • Introduction: Key Questions Motivating Sign Language Acquisition Research
  • Identifying and Describing the Population
  • Gathering Data: When and How to Measure Sign Language Acquisition
  • Approaches to Measuring Language Acquisition in Deaf Individuals
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 16 Research Methods in Studying Reading and Literacy Development in Deaf Children Who Sign
  • Introduction to Key Topics in Reading and Literacy
  • Deaf Children's Use of Phonology during Reading
  • What Methodologies Have Researchers Employed to Investigate Literacy in Deaf Individuals?
  • What Are the Issues When Conducting Literacy Research with Signing Deaf Children and How Can We Resolve Them?
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • Part V: Collecting Brain Data on Sign Languages
  • 17 Studying Sign Language Processing Using Functional Neuroimaging Techniques: FMRI, ERP, MEG and TMS
  • FMRI
  • ERP
  • MEG
  • TMS
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • 18 Studying Sign Language Disorders
  • The Clinical Neuropsychology Approach
  • Neuropsychological Domains and Assessment Tools
  • Further Considerations
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • 19 Using and Developing Language and Cognitive Assessments with Deaf Signers
  • Introduction
  • Translated, Adapted, and Novel Tests Developed for Signed Languages
  • Future Directions
  • Overall Recommendations
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Readings
  • References
  • Index of Sign Languages