© 2016

Sign Language in Action


Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 1-15
  3. Key Concepts and Research Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 19-49
    3. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 50-84
  4. Practical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 87-118
    3. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 119-175
    4. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 176-230
  5. Research into Applied Sign Linguistics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 233-266
  6. Further Resources in Applied Sign Linguistics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Jemina Napier, Lorraine Leeson
      Pages 269-276
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-339

About this book


This book defines the notion of applied sign linguistics by drawing on data from projects that have explored sign language in action in various domains. The book gives professionals working with sign languages, signed language teachers and students, research students and their supervisors, authoritative access to current ideas and practice.


Sign language applied linguistics deaf sign linguistics deaf studies discourse sign language interpreting minority languages deaf community education Interpreter language linguistics Literatur sociolinguistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Heriot-Watt UniversityUK
  2. 2.Trinity College DublinIreland

About the authors

Jemina Napier is Professor and Chair of Intercultural Communication at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. She grew up in the British Deaf community, has extensive international experience as a sign language interpreter, researcher and educator and is the author of Sign Language Interpreting: Linguistic Coping Strategies. She was an inaugural board member of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters.

Lorraine Leeson is Professor of Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has worked with Deaf communities for more than 25 years as an interpreter, a researcher and educator. She is co-author of Irish Sign Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Account (with John I. Saeed). She is the inaugural Chair of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters Committee of Experts.

Bibliographic information


“Sign Language in Action is a strong overview of applied sign language linguistics. Both Napier and Leeson are able to explain the broad field in a manner that is approachable for newcomers. Instructors and researchers of applied sign language may want to consider Napier and Leeson’s book a delightful addition to the panoply of educational materials about sign languages and applied linguistics, especially for introductory courses in sign language related fields, such as linguistics or deaf education.” (Jon Henner, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Vol. 21 (4), October, 2016)