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ERIC Number: EJ1071546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
Evaluating Effects of Language Recognition on Language Rights and the Vitality of New Zealand Sign Language
McKee, Rachel Locker; Manning, Victoria
Sign Language Studies, v15 n4 p473-497 Sum 2015
Status planning through legislation made New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) an official language in 2006. But this strong symbolic action did not create resources or mechanisms to further the aims of the act. In this article we discuss the extent to which legal recognition and ensuing language-planning activities by state and community have affected the instrumental rights of Deaf NZSL users and consider the prospects for the vitality of NZSL. As evidence, we draw on both the findings of a 2013 Human Rights Commission inquiry into inequalities for NZSL users and data from a study of the vitality of NZSL. We conclude that progress on the language recognition outcomes desired by the Deaf community falls well short of aspirations and that the vitality of NZSL is threatened by declining community size and the current conditions for intergenerational transmission.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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