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ERIC Number: ED464509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 277
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-521-79474-9
The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages.
Lucas, Ceil, Ed.
This collection of papers examines how sign languages are distributed around the world; what occurs when they come in contact with spoken and written languages, and how signers use them in a variety of situations. Each chapter introduces the key issues in a particular area of inquiry and provides a comprehensive review of the literature. The seven papers include the following: (1) "Introduction" (Ceil Lucas); (2) "Multilingualism: The Global Approach to Sign Languages" (Bencie Woll, Rachel Sutton-Spence, and Frances Elton); (3) "Bilingualism and Language Contact" (Jean Ann); (4) "Sociolinguistic Variation" (Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, Clayton Valli, Mary Rose, and Alyssa Wulf); (5) "Discourse Analysis" (Melanie Metzger and Ben Bahan); (6) "Language Planning and Policy" (Timothy Reagan); and (7) "Language Attitudes" (Sarah Burns, Patrick Matthews, and Evelyn Nolan-Conroy). (Contains 620 references, 14 figures, and 9 tables.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Cambridge Univ. Press (England).