ERIC Number: ED095701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Linguistic Status of Sign Language.
National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
The research project on sign language in progress at the University of Stockholm is intended to: (1) give an account of the structure of sign language, (2) make a structural comparison between Swedish and sign language, and (3) utilize insight gained through the analysis of sign language in the development of teaching materials. The project is described in general introductory terms, with the emphasis on the background, some of the main problems, and a summary of the three principal phases. The total communication method of teaching the deaf, characterized by the simultaneous use of speech and sign language, is discussed; and those procedures used in describing spoken language are applied to the analysis of sign language. It is concluded that the construction of a system for transcribing sign language is possible. In addition to the aims cited above, the anticipated results of the project include: (1) the evaluation of the influence of sign language on linguistic development and learning, (2) the drawing up of proposals for a sign dictionary, (3) the analysis of the linguistic feasibility of the total communication method, (4) the presentation of guidelines for the further development of sign language, and (5) the development of materials for teaching sign language. (PP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden