Two decades of sign language and gesture research in Australia: 2000-2020

Jennifer Green*, Gabrielle Hodge, Barbara F. Kelly

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In this article, we provide an overview of the last twenty years of research on Indigenous sign languages, deaf community sign languages, co-speech gesture, and multimodal communication in the Australian context. From a global perspective, research on sign languages and on the gestures that normally accompany speech has been used as the basis for exploring different aspects of linguistic theory. Such research informs debates about the nature of the human language capacity and questions as to whether the diverse range of languages we see in the world share some universal patterns of organisation. We outline some of the theoretical and methodological achievements of scholars working in these interconnected disciplines in Australia, highlight the value of corpus-based approaches to linguistic research, draw attention to research on multimodality in the verbal arts, and discuss community-oriented research outputs guided by collaborative research practices. The article is accompanied by an on-line and editable bibliography of well over 300 publications that is accessible to researchers and others working in these related fields.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-78
Number of pages47
JournalLanguage Documentation and Conservation
Early online date8 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • sign language
  • gesture
  • Australian Sign Language


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